£50m Arsenal target has ‘everything’ to succeed – Seaman

Joshua Hall
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Ben White

David Seaman has said that Ben White has “got everything” needed to succeed at Arsenal and become a top player amid rumours of a proposed transfer to the Emirates stadium.

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a second bid for the Brighton defender after having an initial bid of around £40million rejected by the Seagulls.

Seaman believes the centre-back would be a good addition to Mikel Arteta’s side and cited his physique and temperament as reasons why he would succeed at Arsenal.

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The Arsenal legend spoke to Goal about the potential transfer.

He said: “He’s got everything [needed] to go and take hold of it and give it his best shot.

“He’s got the physique, he’s got the temperament. At Leeds it’s a high-press, high-tempo game, so his fitness is also not in doubt.

“The only question mark you can put on him is can he play in the big games? But we’ll just have to wait and see, because he’s not played in them yet.

“Hopefully he will go on and play for England and when he does that, hopefully he will carry on [with his development].

“Would he be a good signing for Arsenal? Of course he would because he’s a good player.”

White made 39 appearances for Brighton last season and won their award for Player of the Season.

The defender is just 23 years old, but Seaman doesn’t think that age is an issue.

He said: “No, not at all, not now, It’s like when you see the England team now, you look at Mason Mount and Phil Foden, those sort of guys. They are young guys and they are just getting on with it.

“At that age, they just have no fear. They just want to play and enjoy it.

“It’s when they get a little bit older and they’ve had a bit of stick that they start worrying.”

Despite many fans believing Arsenal need to focus on bringing in an attacking midfielder, Arteta looks set to add White to his squad in an attempt to solidify the defence following the departure of David Luiz.