Three Arsenal winners and losers of rumoured Ben White transfer
Arsenal are rumoured to be signing Brighton defender Ben White this summer, which will have big repercussions for plenty of players at the Emirates Stadium.
White, 23, was part of a Leeds United team a couple of years ago that stormed to Championship promotion. Also, last season he impressed as an ever-present for Brighton in the Premier League.
He’s a ball-playing centre-back that went to Euro 2020 this summer, so there is a lot more to come from someone with his clear talent.
Here are three winners and losers from White’s expected arrival at Arsenal:
Leno is a very good goalkeeper, but 134 goals conceded in 117 Arsenal appearances is a statistic that may slightly frustrate him. For context, Manchester City’s number one Ederson has conceded 144 goals, but in 192 games.
Leno, 29, has been an extremely reliable goalkeeper during three years at the Emirates Stadium.
He’s surely going to have more confidence and calmness to his game if he’s got a solid back four ahead of him. White should strengthen up the defence.
It’s unclear on who Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will want as his starting centre-backs in the new season, but a Gabriel-White partnership is one many supporters are already discussing.
Gabriel, 23, didn’t have the dream debut season at the Emirate Stadium after joining Arsenal last summer. However, perhaps the Brazilian left-footer should get a chance to start fresh alongside White.
On paper, it looks like a partnership that could grow. Also, they are the same age, so it could be a long-term solution.
For Tierney, it feels like he’s the one Arsenal defender in the past couple of years that the supporters can all get behind.
The 24-year-old left-back is surely going to feel more comfortable flying forward when he knows he’s got solid centre-backs covering.
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, who’s Tierney’s international teammate at Scotland, looks even better because of the centre-backs at Anfield.
Tierney can really shine next season as part of a settled back four.
Mari may unfortunately be one of the centre-backs shoved down the pecking order by White’s imminent arrival.
The 27-year-old Spaniard is someone who’s reliable on the ball, plus he impressed on a few occasions last season. He was never a nailed-on starter at any point, though.
His injury record is the main cross against his name.
Arsenal currently have a number of centre-halves still wth the club at pre-season, something which Arteta needs to try juggle.
Chambers, along with Mari, will be fearing for his future in the side. His only saving grace is that he’s shown that he can do a job at right-back.
It’s worth pointing out though that Brighton’s White has also filled in at right-back, as well midfield, with his excellent versatility.
Saliba is an Arsenal-owned centre-back that has left the club for the 2021/22 season to join Marseille.
The 20-year-old can’t force his way into Arteta’s plans yet, and the arrival of White is only going to make his job even tough this time next year.
He’s still extremely young, so he needs to focus on developing during his campaign in France.