Former defender Danny Mills has questioned the decision of Brighton defender and England international to join Arsenal this summer.
The pundit believes that White “is better than that” and expressed his surprise that he has opted to go to the Emirates rather than joining a club like Manchester United.
A report from Sky Sports outlines that the 23-year-old wants to join the North London club this summer after the Seagulls turned down two separate bids for the player.
Brighton are said to have rejected approaches of £40million and £47million for the defender, with reports now suggesting that a £50million agreement is in place for a deal.
White is said to have agreed terms on a five-year contract with Mikel Arteta’s side with a move appearing to be edging closer.
Former England international Mills has expressed his surprise at the move and he believes that White should have been aiming higher than for a move to Arsenal.
The Gunners have missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years and finished last season trophyless with big changes expected this summer.
The arrival of White would be somewhat of a statement signing, although the agreed fee is one that the Seagulls will no doubt be delighted with.
Mills explained on talkSPORT: “The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal. Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else. I just think he is better than that.”
The former defender was then pressed on why he was surprised about the player’s move to the Gunners and he added: “Because he has got better chance of winning things. What is he going to win at Arsenal? League Cup, if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup.
“I think he is an exceptional player and I think he is a fantastic signing for Arsenal. I am just a little bit surprised that Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”
White was part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 but did not feature throughout the tournament as he was behind Harry Maguire, John Stones and Tyrone Mings in the pecking order.
He made his international debut in June as he featured in both of England’s warm-up matches for the tournament against Austria and Romania.
Having represented Newport County and Peterborough United in previous loan spells, White came to prominence on loan at Leeds United in the 2019/20 campaign – playing every Championship game as the club won promotion.
White then made 39 first-team appearances for Brighton last season and impressed in his first campaign as a Premier League player.