Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has urged Ben White to reject the chance to join Arsenal and choose a bigger club instead.
The race to sign Ben White is one of the major talking points in the summer transfer window, as far as the Premier League is concerned. The 23-year-old has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in the English top-flight, but it is Arsenal who have been making their move for him. However, as per Simon Jordan, as quoted by Tribal Football, White would be better of snubbing the Gunners.
Arsenal’s interest in White is fairly recent, with the Brighton & Hove Albion defender previously being linked with Liverpool and Manchester United among others. The Gunners, though, have pulled ahead of the rest of the prospective suitors, having already tabled an offer for the youngster.
However, in recent weeks, Arsenal seem to be facing a major battle to secure the services of the 23-year-old, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City. With several teams higher up the table than Arsenal showing an interest, the Gunners are indeed in a precarious position in pursuit of the English international.
Now, the north Londoners have been given a further jolt in the race to sign White, with former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan urging him to snub a potential switch to the Emirates. He said, “Why would he want to go there? There’s other steps up for him that are far more compelling than Arsenal.”
“If Ben White is now in the international squad and is revered the way he is because he’s a top quality player, why are Arsenal in the mix? Arsenal are all over the place. If you’re comparing Brighton and Arsenal then, yes, Arsenal is a step up.”
“But you’re talking about someone who is in the England squad who people inside the game think is an absolute Rolls-Royce. What is the move to Arsenal for? Because they are a long way away from where they need to be.”
Simon Jordan’s comments do make some sense, as Arsenal cannot offer them any European football, something both Chelsea and Manchester City can. However, at the Emirates, the 23-year-old will have the chance to play week in week out, which will aid his growth further before he steps up further by joining a bigger club. A big decision, therefore, beckons White this summer.