Ben White chastised for picking Arsenal with retirement jibe aimed at Gunners

Date published: Tuesday 20th July 2021 9:40 - Steve Pearson

Ben Whit, Brighton yellow shirt

Brighton centre half Ben White has been questioned over his decision to choose Arsenal with Danny Mills joking he’s certainly not gone there to win trophies.

Reports over the weekend confirmed Arsenal had reached an agreement to sign the 23-year-old in a £50m transfer. White shone in a loan spell with Leeds two seasons ago. He backed that up with a superb maiden campaign in the top flight with parent club Brighton last year.


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His ability on the ball is expected to translate well to a team higher up the table. Indeed, a recent report detailed one pundit’s surprise that neither Chelsea or Man Utd had made a move.

Instead, the centre half appears bound for the Emirates, though talkSPORT pundit Danny Mills is under the clear impression White could’ve showed greater ambition with the club he chose.

Mills said (via the Express): “What is he going to win at Arsenal? The League Cup if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup?

“It’s going to be a while before Arsenal win a Champions League.

“Winning the Premier League, you’re looking probably seven or eight years down the line. He might be retiring before that stage.

Ben White playing for England, June 2021

“I think he is an exceptional player and a fantastic signing for Arsenal. I’m just a little surprised Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”

White’s move will be the second signing in quick succession. The Gunners recently wrapped up a deal for midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The talented Belgian admitted the step up in class will be huge, though outlined how useful he will be to Mikel Arteta after detailing his positional versatility.

Arsenal determined to scupper Serie A transfer

Meanwhile, Arsenal remain determined to land Manuel Locatelli and are working hard behind the scenes to get their hands on the Italy star, claims a report.

Mikel Arteta’s interest in Locatelli has been confirmed. Earlier this month Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali confirmed Arsenal had made an offer for the player. It turns out that the offer is a better one than Juve have put on the table so far.

According to Calciomercato via Sport Witness, Juve are struggling to find an agreement with their Italian rivals “thanks to a superior offer from Arsenal”. The outlet claim the first meeting between the two Serie A sides was “not successful”.

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that the Gunners are prepared to go to the asking price for the impressive star.

However, they will only sign players that are happy and 100% committed to moving to The Emirates.

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