Arsenal: ‘Overrated’ Ben White blasted as Mikel Arteta urged to drop defender | Football

Arsenal: 'Overrated' Ben White blasted as Mikel Arteta urged to drop defender | Football
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Ben White joined Arsenal from Brighton last summer

Ben White joined Arsenal from Brighton last summer (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

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William Saliba is set to get a chance for the Gunners next season (Picture: Getty Images)

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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