Mikel Arteta Has Moved To Defend Summer Signing Ben White Over His Admission That He Shuns Football Away From The Pitch

England international White hit the headlines for revealing that he never watched football growing up and still rarely watches matches on TV now.

Patrick Vieira took issue with the comments and claimed all the best players he played with including Thierry Henry were students of the game.

But Gunners chief Arteta insisted the main point is that White demonstrates his passion when he is on the pitch rather than in his spare time.

He said: “I think there are phases in the career of a footballer that he goes through where he’s more focused on other things than football.

“But I met some people that they don’t see a lot of football but they watch their game three times and others that they don’t wanna watch their own games or watch themselves but they can watch any other game. You have to find the right balance.

“For me the most important thing is that he shows the passion to play the game every single day.

“To train, to have the enjoyment playing football which is what he has and then the way he competes and the way he wants to improve.

“If we believe that this is better it’s something that we will discuss with him, but at the moment it’s working fine for him.”

With that in mind, talkSPORT.com takes a look at eight players from past and present who have preferred to just play the game rather than watch it…

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