Agbonlahor tips Arsenal to cash in on one of their most expensive players

Gabriel Agbonlahor has reiterated his stance that Ben White is overrated, and Arsenal overspent on him.

This time, he adds that he expects the defender to be sold by Arsenal in the next few seasons.

The arrival of William Saliba means Mikel Arteta now has three solid centre-backs to choose from in this campaign.

The Spaniard played all three in their match against Crystal Palace, but White had to play as a right back, while Saliba partnered Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the defence.

The Frenchman is now expected to play ahead of the England international when Takehiro Tomiyasu returns from injury.

Agbonlahor believes White would struggle to hold down a place on the team, and he expects Arsenal to be looking to offload him soon.

The former Aston Villa man told Football Insider: “This is what I said a few weeks ago. It’s a waste of money what Arsenal paid for him. For me, he’s not good enough.

“To pay £50million for him, Brighton must be laughing their heads off because he’s not better than Webster or Dunk and he’s not going to start for Arsenal.

“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.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

White is a very good defender, but Saliba’s arrival will see him struggle to play.

A place on the bench would soon be his as Gabby has predicted, but having him around gives us the squad depth that we have yearned for some time now.

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  1. Gabriel Agbonlahor is only hurling insults and clearly doesn’t know what he’s saying about Ben White.

  2. Maybe Arteta will go with 3 at the back in some games this season something white was accustomed to the at Brighton ,for me he hasn’t lived upto his price tag but how many players these days do .
    A good player but overhyped because of his transfer fee ,he won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable because he can and will only get better as time progresses but for now even after one game Saliba is the way forward .

  3. Personally I will start White ahead of Gabriel. The only advantage Gabriel has his the fact that he uses left and White is right footed.

    I just don’t see any composure on the ball from Gabriel. I actually dislike the way he starts pointing at different direction when passed the ball and how long it takes for him to pick a pass. Then he also gives pressure passes to his team mates.

    Saliva is a must start definitely, but White is a very good back up to have and should get enough game time with 5 subs allowed this season.

    I also hope Arteta can improve Gabriel, because to me him and Zhaka are the seemingly weak link in our team at the moment.

    Wish you fellow happy fans a lovely day.

  4. That’s his personal opinion. What’s wrong with Arsenal having 3 central defenders.

  5. Stupid thinking always.
    We need two strong players in every position.
    Just because Saliba is back does not mea BW is useless. remember what happens when we get an injury to a player. we need suitable back up.

  6. Can a man not have an opinion anymore? The fact that we dont agree with someone’s else’s view because it’s contrary to our thinking doesn’t call for insults. Social media is becoming unsafe off late. I guess the reason why comments are turned off or blocked on some sites

  7. Whi cares what Gabriel Agbonlahor has to say… I’m only commenting because it looks like the avatars have changed and wondered if I’m still the weird crab thing.

  8. I’m still worried that Arteta and Edu seem content with the current central midfield. Xhaka is surely a weak link, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed again. While, Partey is injury-prone.

    We definitely need another solid option in there, and the clock is ticking. There has been rumours of Tielemans, but no genuine interest as yet.

    The midfield without a better addition is like a time bomb; we are only Partey injury away from another disaster.


    1. I think Agbonlahor’s main gripe is the price Arsenal paid in relation to his qualities/abilities. He is of the view we over paid, do we agree or not.
      That’s what the discussion should be about.

  9. My concern now is The midfielder and not defences, there is no problem having white in there, he is not that too bad to play for us, if only will have better cover like him in that position of Tieny and partey will wouldn’t have missed out on top four last season,
    Look at what happened in our first match this season, odegard was not playing at his best yet there was no body to replace him and crystal palace actually enjoyed his weakness that day.
    Edu should do something fast for the midfield

  10. He has right to his opinion the fact is we are balance having them both at Arsenal so time shall tell brother stay loved!

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