Shaun Wright-Phillips has boldly claimed Ben White is a better signing than Raphael Varane as the former Man City star is excited about the £ 50million man’s arrival at Arsenal.
White, 23, sealed his mega-money transfer to the Gunners after the Euro this summer, having impressed at Brighton last season and under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds in 2019-2020.
However, eyebrows have been raised at the huge costs Arsenal have paid for the Englishman, especially in the context of Manchester United signing quadruple Champions League winner Varane for £ 42million.
Shaun Wright-Phillips claims Ben White (L) is a better signing than Raphael Varane (R)
White, 23, sealed a £ 50million move to Arsenal from Brighton this summer in a statement transfer
But Wright-Phillips, whose father Ian is hailed as an Arsenal legend, believes Mikel Arteta has landed the best defenseman, praising White’s ‘old-fashioned mentality’.
“One thing I thought Arsenal was missing was a defenseman like him,” Wright-Phillips told talkSPORT via Metro. “He has an old school mentality but he can also play football. “
When asked if White would do better at Arsenal than Varane at United, he added: “Yes, personally I do. I know it’s a big statement but he’s used to the Premier League and he’s used to defending a lot for Brighton week after week.
The Englishman’s fees have been called into question as United paid £ 42million for Madrid’s Varane
“Varane has entered a whole new league and he is going to come under tremendous pressure. “
When asked which of the two defenders he would prefer to sign, if he had a choice, Wright-Phillips replied, “Right now I would definitely say Ben White. ”
White arrives in north London with high expectations to help fix Arsenal’s leaky and, at times, calamitous defense.
Yet Wright-Phillips says White’s ‘old school mentality’ makes him a better signing.
Despite one of the league’s best defensive records last season, the comedic defense turned out to be the Gunners’ loss as Arteta’s side finished in eighth – without qualifying for European football by some. nature whatsoever.
Meanwhile, Varane is the missing piece of United’s defense that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long sought, with Victor Lindelof proving to be an unreliable partner for £ 80million man Harry Maguire.
Varane’s vast experience – in which he won everything at club level, as well as the World Cup – should help United finally win the silverware under the Norwegian.