Ray Parlour thinks Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White is making the right choice by joining Arsenal despite reported interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, speaking to talkSPORT (19 July, 9am).
You only have to look at the likes of Nathan Ake to realise that, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.
A stand-out performer at Bournemouth, Netherlands international Ake made just ten Premier League appearances as Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side stormed to another domestic title last season.
Even Aymeric Laporte can’t buy a start at the Etihad these days.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will soon welcome back Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez following long-term injuries, while Ibrahima Konate has joined from RB Leipzig for a cool £41 million.
Compare that with Arsenal, however, a side that could begin next season with Rob Holding and Pablo Mari as their first-choice centre-half partnership.
The Gunners may not be on a par with Liverpool and Man City right now but it’s game time White needs to hone his already formidable talent – and he will certainly get that at the Emirates.
Why White will choose Arsenal over Liverpool or Man City
“I think it’s a good addition. I like to see British players being bought by Arsenal. They’ve got a good contingency now – (Emile) Smith Rowe, (Bukayo) Saka, (Kieran) Tierney. (White) is a decent signing,” says Parlour, a member of the 2003/04 Invincibles.
“Liverpool, when Van Dijk’s fit again and Gomez, they’ve got quite a few good centre-halves. Man City have Ruben Dias and (John) Stones, he ain’t going to get in front of them.
“So that’s probably why he’s looked at Arsenal. Arsenal are trying to build and get back in the Champions League and he could be part of that.”
According to Goal, Arsenal have had a £50 million bid accepted by Brighton for the one-time Leeds United loanee, with White expected to join Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares in Mikel Arteta’s squad.