Ben White says Arsenal’s future is in jeopardy with the player branded a ‘waste of money’ and two arrivals set to see him fade from Mikel Arteta’s plans

Arsenal defender Ben White applauds the fans during the Premier League match gv Burnley at Turf Moor Credit: PA Images

Ben White faces an uncertain future at Arsenal with two summer arrivals likely to see him pushed back down the Gunners pecking order, according to an observer.

The Gunners secured the signing of White last summer, paying Brighton £50m for his services. He settled in quickly, forming a strong partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes as the Gunners pushed for a top-four spot. Ultimately, their Champions League push stalled with a few crucial run-in defeats allowing Tottenham to usurp them.

White has made a total of 37 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal. And he also earned praise for England, earning four caps in total for the Three Lions.

However, his future at the Arsenal side is now in question.

Mikel Arteta welcomes William Saliba back to his ranks, and – as we exclusively revealed – he’ll play a big role in 2022/23.

The 21-year-old signed for the Gunners in 2019, with Arsenal paying St Etienne £27m for his services. However, he is yet to kick the ball for the Gunners, being sent out on a variety of loan spells in France.

It was in the most recent of them, with Marseille, that Saliba really made his talents known. This form earned him a call-up to the France national team, a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year and the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.

Back at Arsenal next week for pre-season training, Fabrizio Romano insists he will play a leading role under Arteta next season.

Arsenal are also pushing hard to sign Lisandro Martinez. The Ajax defender is the subject of intense interest from the Gunners and Manchester United.

Yet it is Arsenal who are pushing hardest, would have made a third offer for his services.

Ben White could drop to fourth-choice defender

The Argentina international can provide cover at left-back – but has made a name for himself as a centre-half.

As such, White may find himself dropping the pecking order. And specialist Gabriel Agbonlahor believes the defender will face the ax next season under Arteta.

“I watched Saliba a few times and he has that speed that you like to see in a centre-half. He’s very good at taking the right decision at the right time,” Agbonlahor said. Football Insider.

“Arsenal’s defense is nowhere near good enough to make it into the top four. For me Ben White is very overrated, I watched him against Newcastle towards the end of the season and he was absolutely appalling.

“He lacks rhythm, he lacks aggressiveness. Yes, he’s good with the ball but he’s not a defensive midfielder, he’s a centre-half.

“Arsenal need two centre-halves who are not absurd and who both have speed. For me, Gabriel and Saliba would be my starters next season.

Continuing his crusade against White, Agbonlahor continued: “With Ben White, I think Brighton don’t care about getting the fee they got for him because he’s not good enough.

“It’s a shame that Arsenal wasted a lot of money again. It was the same with Pepe. Ben White was not needed and Saliba should start ahead of him.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have learned that reported midfield target Ruben Neves will stay at Wolves this summer after their huge valuation put off suitors..

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