Mills makes bold Arsenal prediction after 'outstanding' White news
Ben White will be a guaranteed starter for Arsenal but he will not be playing Champions League football for a while.
That is the view of ex-Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after White completed his blockbuster move from Brighton to Arsenal.
The Gunners announced last week (30 July) the 23-year-old had penned a long-term deal after completing a reported £50million move.
He has been handed the number four shirt and made his debut in a pre-season loss to Chelsea at the weekend.
Asked whether White’s arrival could see Mikel Arteta’s side push for a top-four finish, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I still think it’s a long way to go for Arsenal.
“He’s an outstanding player, I’ve said it many times. He’s a fantastic defender who is very, very good on the ball. He’s now got himself in the England squad.
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“If he’s fit, he plays for Arsenal week in, week out. Without a doubt.
“I’m a little bit surprised clubs who have been a bit more successful in recent years did not come in for him because I think he’s that good.
“What’s he going to win with Arsenal in the next three years? Maybe a cup. Are they going to get into the Champions League in the next three years? I don’t think so. Maybe in that third year but it will be tough and I don’t see it happening immediately.
“I still think Arsenal have got a long way to go. They just need to get their consistency right. Work out who their best starting XI is. Get Aubemayang back firing.
“The pieces seem to be there but they just haven’t managed to put their pieces together.”