Arsenal played against Aston Villa on Friday in the ninth game-week of the new Premier League season at the Emirates Stadium. The match ended in a 3-1 win for the Gunners with the goals being scored by Thomas Partey, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe and Jacob Ramsey.
After the disappointing draw against Crystal Palace on Monday, Arsenal needed a response quickly and the players were certainly up for it. Despite Arsenal's struggles since the start of the season, one key partnership in the starting line-up has always stood strong and performed admirably.
This partnership is between the centre-backs, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes. Both players have been immense this season despite being new to each other. In football, partnerships are very important especially at a position as delicate as centre-back.
They need to be in constant communication with each other to know when to press, when to play the high line, when to drop deep, when to cover spaces left behind and when to apply the offside trap. Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White are still very young (23 and 24 years respectively) and still have time to develop further individually and collectively.
Arsenal still has the likes of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari in the squad as centre-back options and Mikel Arteta being the smart coach he is could decide to change or reshuffle his centre-back pairing in the future for any reason.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances like injuries or suspensions, it could be a mistake to change the developing dynamism between Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes. It would affect the partnership developing between both defenders and it could also affect their overall performance together.
This partnership is the way forward for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta could be making a mistake if he decides to change it in the near future.
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