By Gabriel Agbonlahor

29th Jun, 2022 | 5:33pm

Agbonlahor: 'Dreadful' Ben White set for Arsenal axe amid 'crazy' reveal

Gabby Agbonlahor has backed William Saliba to replace Ben White in the Arsenal starting XI for the 2022-23 season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward claimed White is “absolutely dreadful” and Arsenal have wasted money on him.

Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (27 June) that Mikel Arteta wants Saliba to be part of his side and it would take a “crazy” bid for him to leave permanently.

The 22-year-old spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Marseille and was named in the Ligue 1 team of the season and won the division’s young player of the year award.

“I’ve watched Saliba a few times and he’s got that speed that you like to see in a centre-half and he’s very good at making the right decision at the right time,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Arsenal’s defence is nowhere near good enough to get top-four. For me, Ben White is very overrated, I watched him against Newcastle towards the end of the season and he was absolutely dreadful.

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“He lacks pace, he lacks aggression. Yes, he’s good on the ball but he’s not a defensive midfielder, he’s a centre-half.

“Arsenal need two centre-halves who are no nonsense and have both got speed. For me, Gabriel and Saliba would be my starters next season.

“With Ben White, I think Brighton are laughing at getting the fee they got for him because he’s not good enough.

“It’s a shame that Arsenal have wasted a lot of money again. It was the same with Pepe. Ben White was not needed and Saliba should start ahead of him.”

In other news, a finance guru has lambasted Arsenal for taking the “biggest cheque” amid a criminal investigation.