One of the most anticipated transfer news Arsenal fans have been waiting for since the start of the transfer window commenced finally broke today. Arsenal FC announced the signing of English man Ben White from fellow premiership side Brighton for a club record fifty million pounds.
The relatively unknown defender made a name for himself last season with a standout performance all through the campaign, and it didn’t go unnoticed as Arsenal cuffed out that amount to make him the third most expensive player in their ranks.
As expected, fans have been jubilating even though some had reservations over the price tag and how that weighty burden might affect his performances when the season kick-starts in just over a month from now. He also was given the number 4 jersey number previously worn by Egyptian El-Neny. Does that mean he is on his way out of the club or going for another loan spell? Or will he be given another jersey number? So many questions on the lips of fans and critics alike.
As if all these wasn’t enough mental torture for a day, sources again claim that Arsenal is ready to make a U-Turn and offer wantaway Swiss midfielder, Granite Xhaka, a new contract! There is no player currently in Arsenal who causes a sharp division between fans all over the world.
The captain once lost the arm band and his spot on the team and was heavily criticized, making it obvious he should leave, and Roma of Italy, now coached by the controversial Josē Mourinho, was heavily linked with the player, but deal fell through due to differences in valuation.
Whether this new contract offer will make them increase their offer and get their man or lose him to Arsenal is up in the air. For Roma, you either put your money where your mouth is or look else where for a replacement.
For now, Arsenal fans are singing “Ben is a Gunner” and do not care who does not want to listen. Let the season begins!
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