William Gallas has questioned Arsenal’s decision to spend £50million on their headline summer signing Ben White.
The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Brighton earlier this summer despite having just a single full season’s worth of Premier League experience under his belt.
Arsenal faced little competition for his signature, but were forced to make him the most expensive defensive signing in their history with Brighton refusing to budge on their valuation.
White endured a torrid start to his Arsenal career, struggling to handle the physical threat of Ivan Toney during an opening day defeat at Brentford before contracting coronavirus.
The England international made his return against Norwich in a 1-0 win earlier this month, but nearly gifted Burnley an equaliser in last week’s victory at Turf Moor with an underhit backpass that forced Aaron Ramsdale into emergency action that would’ve resulted in a penalty, were it not for VAR.
Gallas, a former Arsenal captain and central defender, fears Arsenal have paid way over the odds for White, especially when you compare that transfer with the fee Manchester United paid Real Madrid for seasoned winner Raphael Varane.
‘It’s difficult for me to understand why Arsenal spent £50m on one player who is yet to prove himself at the top level and at the same time Manchester United can spend around £40m on Varane who won the World Cup and has four Champions League titles,’ Gallas told GentingBet.
‘He’s won the Spanish league. You have to explain to me how it’s possible. Perhaps it’s partly because Ben White is English.
‘Listen, Varane is a different class player compared to Ben White. Ben White is still young. As I said, He hasn’t proved anything yet. How you can put a £50m price on him, you know? I respect him.
‘I don’t know him. I respect him and I hope he will be the great player, but he hasn’t proved anything yet. You can’t compare Ben White and Varane, I’m sorry. It’s not possible.
‘And it’s not because he’s a fellow Frenchman that I’m talking like this. He comes from Real Madrid. He didn’t come from Brighton, with all respect to them.’
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