Ben White is ‘very overrated’ and should be replaced by William Saliba in Arsenal’s starting XI next season, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The Gunners signed White from Brighton in a deal worth £50million last summer and he formed a partnership with Gabriel at the back for Mikel Arteta’s side.
This summer, though, William Saliba will return from his successful season-long loan spell at Marseille and have a chance to impress in pre-season.
The 21-year-old won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and earned his debut for the French national team.
Saliba was initially signed from Saint-Etienne in 2019 but is yet to play a single competitive minute for the Gunners.
Ex-Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor thinks Saliba should start ahead of White as the former Brighton centre-back is ‘not good enough’.
‘I’ve watched Saliba a few times and he’s got that speed that you like to see in a centre-half and he’s very good at making the right decision at the right time,’ Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
‘Arsenal’s defence is nowhere near good enough to get top-four. For me, Ben White is very overrated, I watched him against Newcastle towards the end of the season and he was absolutely dreadful.
‘He lacks pace, he lacks aggression. Yes, he’s good on the ball but he’s not a defensive midfielder, he’s a centre-half.
‘Arsenal need two centre-halves who are no nonsense and have both got speed. For me, Gabriel and Saliba would be my starters next season.
‘With Ben White, I think Brighton are laughing at getting the fee they got for him because he’s not good enough.
‘It’s a shame that Arsenal have wasted a lot of money again. It was the same with Pepe. Ben White was not needed and Saliba should start ahead of him.’
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