Arsenal star pinpoints two things players need to learn under Mikel Arteta to win major double

Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie, with Mikel Arteta and Ben White both admitting the Gunners need to learn from the defeat
Ben White, the right-back for Arsenal, agrees with his manager Mikel Arteta that the team needs to smarten up their game. After a tough match in Porto for the Champions League, he feels like they’re playing by different rules.

After seven years, Arsenal is finally back in Europe’s top club football contest and showed strong performance in the group stages. Yet, currently, they’re trailing 1-0 to Porto after a loss at the Estadio Dragao in their tournament’s round-of-16 opener

This means that to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, which Arsenal hasn’t done since 2010, they’ll need to pull off a comeback.

Mikel Arteta voiced similar thoughts following the Porto defeat. He strongly feels that Arsenal should get savvy with the ‘dark arts’ of football if they want to shed their long-standing perception as the ‘nice guys

Now, White has opened about how Arsenal can withstand some of these ‘dark arts’ used by Porto in their initial match. He confessed: “I think so. The Champions League games are always tough. You go over there and you have seen the amount of fouls and stuff that is happening … I think most of them were on me.”, reports The Mirror Online.

“But it is kind of like different rules when you play in the Champions League: it’s a lot softer, you can’t make any tackles because you are going to give a foul away. I think we can probably be more streetwise and it is a new experience for us. It’s one we learn from and take into the next game.”

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