Jamie O'Hara says Arsenal can happy with Ben White deal, despite Manchester United landing Varane
Arsenal completed the signing of Ben White yesterday for around £50m, as Mikel Arteta finally got a deal over the line for the England man.
Brighton eventually agreed to letting White go, with Arsenal paying a premium once again for a young English talent who has the potential to improve this Gunners side considerably.
However, comparisons with what is happening at Manchester United have been doing the rounds all week long. The Red Devils are about to sign Raphael Varane, who has won the World Cup and Champions League titles.
Varane is due to cost less than White, prompting discussions that the Gunners are paying over the odds.
But speaking to Talksport yesterday, former Spurs player Jamie O’Hara believes Arsenal are getting a good player. Indeed, he believes the Gunners needn’t concern themselves with matters in Manchester.
O’Hara backs Ben White to Arsenal deal
While Arsenal fans will often take O’Hara’s comments with a pinch of salt given his Spurs ties, his comments on the White and Varane situation are level-headed.
Speaking to Talksport, O’Hara argued that White is indeed proven, albeit in a different manner to that of which Varane is.
“He’s not unproven, he’s played in the Premier League and for England. He’s not Varane, but Arsenal are shopping in a different market,” O’Hara said.
“Manchester United are shopping in a different market. They can offer the Champions League, and two, they can probably give him more wages. Arsenal would love to have Varane in their side. But they aren’t shopping in that window, so can’t attract him now. But they can attract a Ben White, and they’re getting a very, very good player.”
Making a good point
In fairness to O’Hara here, he is spot on with this comment. Manchester United have been building towards the sort of deals they’re doing for years now, so it’s no surprise to see them add Varane and Sancho.
Arsenal are trying to go in a different direction it seems. Yes, they’ve paid £50m for a young Englishman, but they are getting a good player, as O’Hara says.
Long-term, Arsenal might even be getting a bargain. If White goes on to be their main central defender for 7-8 years, then it’s money well spent.
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