Arsenal star Ben White reveals he doesn’t watch football and NEVER saw Patrick Vieira despite taking legend’s No4 shirt

ARSENAL star Ben White has revealed that he NEVER watched football when he was growing up.

And old habits die hard as the defender still doesn't watch the sport he's devoted his life to.

The England international explained that because he was always playing the game, there was no time to sit down and see it on TV, which is still the case now.

The 24-year-old told Sky Sports: "No I never watched football when I was younger, still don't now.

"I just loved the game, I was always playing it – never watching it. So I don't know too much about older generations."

And that explains why White isn't aware of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, despite donning his iconic No 4 shirt since joining Arsenal for £50million from Brighton this summer.

White, who will get to meet his shirt's predecessor and Crystal Palace boss Vieira when the Gunners face them this weekend, added: "I know [Vieira] was a very good player.

"But I wouldn't know the details. I'm quite busy, I'm always doing something."


Although watching football isn't one of his hobbies, White did admit that he does reflect on games he's played in, to assess his performances or to catch a glimpse of the Three Lions in action – albeit just for a short moment.

He went on to say: "I watch myself for analytical reasons. I watch England, maybe. I just wouldn't just sit down and watch a game."

White also claims that because he dedicates so much to football, it's the last thing he wants to focus on when he gets home.

The ex-Brighton star continued: "It's so intense, you come in every day and give 100 per cent.

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"All I want to do is go home and not think about it. Come in fresh and ready to give 100 per cent again."

White's likely to start alongside new partner Gabriel at the heart of Arsenal's defence when they take on Palace.

The pair, along with keeper Aaron Ramsdale, have kept three clean sheets in their last four games, a run that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta hopes will continue against the South London outfit.

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