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Mikel told major weak point would be solved if this deal is completed

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Former Manchester City star Nedum Onuoha has told Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that he would have solved a major problem and weak point of the team if he is able to complete the signing of Ben White as reported.

It is understood that the Gunners have agreed a fee of £50million with Brighton to sign England defender White and the 23-year-old will undergo a medical and finalise his move any time soon.

Should this happen, Ben White will be Arsenal’s third signing of the summer window after left-back Nuno Tavares and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

“This is somebody who is incredibly competitive, he’s really good on the ball, reads the game really well, not somebody who’s lunging in and things like this,” Onuoha told ESPN FC.

“I was happy to see him make the England squad in the summer because he very much deserved to be there with his performances last season.”

Onuoha says White is the type of player Arsenal need to change the culture amongst their squad as he will bring defensive qualities that the Gunners have lacked for far too long.

Onuoha added: “For Arsenal, they might question the money and things like this, but for me it’s the culture at Arsenal in terms of you have players who maybe play good football and so on but at times they lack consistency.

“Here is a guy who I think can be consistent, can be very, very competitive, can be tough at the back but still play the balls out as well.

“Ultimately I guess that’s what you need from Arsenal in this transition, because ultimately like I say they can play some really nice football and look really nice one day, but then the next they probably won’t be there.

“But I think in Ben White they’ve got a good ball player but somebody who is desperate to defend and stop that goal from going into his net.

“I think for Arsenal overall, that’s not really something they’ve had for a long time now.”

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Arsenal keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale

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English Premier League club, Arsenal are reportedly keen on the signature of Aaron Ramsdale to bring in competition for Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair reckons it would be a “great move” for the 23-year-old as Arsenal will be helped with two top goalkeepers in the team.

He also feels Arsenal should’ve never got to this point by selling Emiliano Martinez as they plot to snap up a £30million bid for Ramsdale.

“Listen, I don’t get it,” Sinclair told talkSPORT on Wednesday.

“We’ve said before, Emi Martinez going to Villa – why? He was playing superbly well for Arsenal.

“They’ve allowed their best keeper to leave and now they are chasing their tail trying to get someone in to give competition for Leno.

“I just don’t understand how Arsenal is being run as a football club. For me, that Emi Martinez one should have never gone through.

“I know he wanted to play, but let those two goalkeepers play it out for the No.1 jersey and keep it honest.

“They’ve not done it and they’ve let him go and he has been superb at Villa.

“I think for Aaron Ramsdale, that will be a great move for him. It’s a huge club Arsenal and it is quite a big fee.”

Meanwhile, as Alex Crook told talkSPORT that Arsenal are now going ‘all in’ for Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

“It is my understanding that Arsenal have made the Sheffield United keeper their number one target,” said Crook.

“They have been linked with Sam Johnstone as well.

“But it’s all in now for Aaron Ramsdale. I am told that they have two bids rejected for the former Bournemouth goalkeeper. They are lining up a third.

“The fee could be as much as £30 million. That would be music to the ears of Bournemouth because they have a sell-on clause.”

Ramsdale has made 44 appearances for Sheffield United since joining them from Bournemouth in 2020.

He played in all 38 Premier League games for his club, but couldn’t prevent them from suffering relegation.

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Ray Parlour talks up missed Arsenal target

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Ray Parlour has a lot to say about Arsenal target Alexander Isak who has now signed a new deal at Spanish La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Alexander Isak, who has scored 33 goals in 89 appearances for Spanish side Sociedad, featured in all four of Sweden’s Euro 2020 matches, helping them reach the last 16 stage before losing to Ukraine.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed great form for his club and country, the reason why he has attracted interest from Premier League clubs and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was keen to add depth to his squad at the Emirates following a disappointing season.

Parlour told Gambling.com: ‘I like Alexander Isak from Sweden.

“Going forward, he’s been excellent, he’s pacey, has really good feet, a bit of strength and very direct.

“He’s been the one that has stood out for me so far in the tournament. He’s a young man with a lot of potential.

Ray Parlour was impressed by Isak during Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign, the reason why he had all the good words for the player.

“I’ve heard he has another release clause in his contract, whether Arsenal will look at that I don’t know, but he’s one player who has really caught my eye even though they’ve gone out now.

“He looked really lively in all their games and he’s not scared to get the ball and take on players.

“I’ve been impressed with him. He’s got lots of attributes and maybe Arsenal will take a look at him as a potential player to bring in.”

Howbeit the North London outfit has confirmed the signatures of signing Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and are expected to do more signings before the end of the window.

Brighton defender Ben White is believed to be the next to join up at the Emirates Stadium as it is understood that a fee has been agreed upon between the two clubs.

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Ray Parlour advice Arsenal on how to get back to winning ways

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English Premier League club, Arsenal have been told by their legend, Ray Parlour how to get back to winning ways after a disappointing last season.

The Gunners have had a fair share of the summer transfer window with the signings of Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and it is understood that they are set to confirm the signing Ben White from Brighton.

Arsenal are believed to be on the lookout for a number of other signings this summer as Arteta gears up for his second full season in charge at the club.

However, Ray Parlour said for the North London outfit to be able to compete for any title and return to top-four finish next season, they must make at least, two or three more signings this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, as quoted by Metro, Parlour said: “I think they need another striker. I think they need another midfielder, alongside [Thomas] Partey.

“I think they need another player who’s mobile in there. And defensively you could argue that they need a right back, [Hector] Bellerin is talked about that he could move on.

“There is a lot of hard work to do, it’s not easy to find these players if you’re going to be successful.”

The Gunners finished in eighth place and without a trophy last season. They also failed to qualify for any of the European competitions, the first time in many years.

Mikel Arteta is on a mission of returning the club back to winning ways and has identified young and talented players to carry out the task of bouncing back from a disappointing last season.

It would be recalled that the North London club have not won the title since 2004 and they will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to face newly-promoted Brentford on 13 August.

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