Ben White vs Varane: Ex-Premier League ace reckons Arsenal signed the better player

Shaun Wright-Phillips claims Arsenal got the better defender between Ben White and Raphael Varane in this transfer window.

The Gunners won the race for the signature of White and completed the transfer recently.

The Englishman is one of the most improved players in England after his stunning season with Brighton in the last campaign.

In the season prior, he had helped Leeds United to gain promotion back to the Premier League.

His fine form for the Seagulls last season earned him a place in the England squad for Euro 2020 and prompted Arsenal to complete the transfer of the 23-year-old.

As they strengthen their defence, Manchester United signed serial Champions League winner, Varane from Real Madrid.

The Frenchman also won the World Cup with France in 2018 and he is expected to make United title challengers.

However, former Chelsea and Manchester City attacker, Wright-Phillips claims White has done it in the EPL and that gives him an advantage over Varane.

The former winger said on talkSPORT: “One thing that Arsenal missed was a defender like him.

“He has got an old school mentality, but he can play football as well.

“I personally do [think he will do better than Varane in the Premier League].

“I know it’s a big statement, but he is used to the Premier League and he is used to defending a lot for Brighton week in week out.

“Varane has come into a whole new league and he is going to be put under immense pressure being at United.

“At the moment, I’d definitely [sign] Ben White [over Varane].”

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  1. Can we let the guy play a couple league games for us first maybe, then judge?

    A lot of our new signings have looked good in the first 10 games or so then dipped under our odd tactics and patternless play.

    Ill reserve judgement until December.

    1. Great idea which hopefully applies to slating new signees as well (see commentary on Ramsdale). Let’s judge after they play at least a couple of games

  2. Is this a joke? Worldcup winner vs a boy still developing?
    Ok who is gonna bet when mikel is getting sacked. I bet october

  3. How a young player ,may he be promising, be better than a World and european champion IS beyond me….

    1. perhaps you should ask MA why he chose to list an unknown sub in the fa cup final (who then went on to Swindon as a loanee) over another world cup winner by the name of Mesut Ozil, Pires…..I’m sure that was beyond you as well!!!!

      Funny old game LOL

  4. I don’t agree completely, but I think White is a fine transfer. More risky obviously since Varane has played at a high level, and White has not. I think we’ve had a problem with getting players who are looking for vacations at Arsenal and just want to live in London and have comfortable wages. Something I feel Varane would have the potential to do if by some chance he had wanted to come to Arsenal. And I think a lot of that falls on the club not taking itself seriously, and Kroenke not being a serious owner and creating an atmosphere where there is far less pressure for Arsenal to succeed, thank for the other top 6 clubs. Even spurs I will include in this, and I think that’s a true shame. Arsenal need a total mentality change from the inside out, and this was my one big hope that Mikel would sort out, but i’m not seeing it. Partey seems on a bit of a vacation and I expected more than what we are seeing. Willian there’s not much more to say on. Bellerin shouldve been gone several seasons ago. I want to see a lot of these players step up.

  5. Whilst primarily signed as a centre back, White can also play at right back and central midfield very comfortably – can’t comment on Varane being so versatile because he isn’t !

    As for World Cup winner.

    Ollie Giroud was a World Cup winner, and remember the stick he took from some at our place ( a better pro you will struggle to find out there nowadays).

    Funny how double standards can be used when it suits.

    Agree with S W P, I’d take White every time to play week in week out in the English Premier League.

  6. at this exact moment in time, even comparing them is a ridiculous undertaking…of course, he could end up being a comparable entity, but considering Varane’s CV, that’s way down the road…I can only hope he’s even in the conversation at some point during his career at our club

  7. I look forward to seeing Varane’s C.V. in a Man Utd shirt.

    “ At this EXACT moment in time;”

    La Liga winner – no.

    Knocked out of Euro’s by Switzerland to lose quarter final berth- yes.

    That old CV. has taken a bit of a hit !

    1. are you suggesting that Varane could do something so horrible at United that they might actually subtract previous achievements from his CV??? surely you jest! this wasn’t even meant to be a slight on White, so much as it was a commentary on the impressive achievements of Varane, who has won almost everything under the footballing sun

  8. It is a bit too early to judge but going by previous experiences, I feel White is more suited to the PL not only because he has experience at playing PL games week in week out but also because Brighton had a lot of defending to do last season and White excelled at that. So in my ultimate assessment I also feel White is the better choice, also given his versatility at playing different positions.

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