Brighton’s fans did not give their former favourite a warm welcome but he responded with an immaculate performance

For someone who professes to not enjoy watching football in his spare time, Ben White is pretty good at playing it. On his 100th Premier League appearance for Arsenal, the England rebel put in another immaculate performance against his former club as Mikel Arteta’s side overcame the latest hurdle in their quest for the Premier League title despite a significant test of their credentials by Brighton.

This was the type of occasion that had seemed set up for Arsenal to falter after Manchester City’s emphatic victory against Crystal Palace earlier in the afternoon. But Arteta’s players are made of sterner stuff these days and the result was never really in doubt once Kai Havertz had touched home Jorginho’s cross on the hour mark.

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