‘It’s a waste of money’: Gabby Agbonlahor launches ANOTHER scathing attack on £50m Arsenal defender Ben White as he insists Mikel Arteta will look to sell the England international ‘in a year’s time’… despite his prominent role for Gunners
- Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Arsenal defender Ben White is a ‘waste of money’
- The ex-Villa man thinks the club will sell the former Brighton centre-back soon
- White joined last summer for £50m but the pundit believes he isn’t good enough
- William Saliba started at centre-back last week, while White played at right-back
- ‘He’s not good enough, they’ve got better centre halves,’ said Agbonlahor
The England international joined the Gunners in a £50million deal last summer from Brighton and forged a strong partnership with Gabriel at centre-back, making 32 Premier League appearances across the campaign.
He played Friday’s Premier League opener with Crystal Palace, which Arsenal won 2-0, but was at right-back with returning loanee William Saliba preferred at centre-back.
Gabriel Agbonlahor called Ben White a ‘waste of money’ and said Saliba is a better centre-back
White has also won four caps for England and was in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 – the former Brighton defender will have his sights set on the Three Lions’ squad for the World Cup this winter.
But, despite impressing for the Gunners last season, former Aston Villa hitman Agbonlahor has slammed White and believes Arsenal overpaid for the former Seagulls defender.
‘It’s a waste of money what Arsenal paid for him. For me, he’s not good enough,’ the pundit told Football Insider.
‘To pay £50m for him, Brighton must be laughing their heads off because he’s not better than (Adam) Webster or (Lewis) Dunk and he’s not going to start for Arsenal.’
Saliba, who won Young Player of the Year in Ligue 1 while on loan at Marseilles last year, starred in Friday’s win, and was awarded man of the match.
With first choice right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu missing the Selhurst Park clash through injury, Arteta will have a decision to make when the Japanese international is fully fit.
White joined Arsenal £50m from Brighton last summer and played 32 Premier league games
Saliba excelled on loan at Marseille last season, winning Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year
Agbonlahor believes White’s ex teammates Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk (above) are better
The Spaniard now has a plethora of defenders to choose from, with Oleksandr Zinchenko adding to his options at left-back, while Rob Holding also featured at centre-back last season.
And Agbonlahor believes this means Arsenal will be looking to sell White at the end of the season.
This is the not the first time the pundit has heavily criticised White’s abilities
He said: ‘You can see it in a year’s time. Arsenal will probably be looking to get some money back for him because he’s not going to play at right-back and they’ve got two better centre-halves.’
This is not the first time the former Villa man has savaged White, with Agbonlahor being similarly critical back in June when he labelled White ‘overrated’.
He 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.
‘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.’
Saliba and White lined up in defence together on Friday with White playing at right-back