Former Manchester City star claims Arsenal defender is better than Raphael Varane

Arsenal and Manchester United made big moves to solve their defensive problems as the two clubs signed a centre-back for big money.

Manchester United signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £34m, while Arsenal moved to sign Ben White from Brighton for a fee of £50m.

Surprisingly, former Manchester City and Chelsea star Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed White to be the better of the two signings, claiming that he’s already used to the Premier League, while Varane will have to adapt.

“One thing I thought Arsenal missed was a defender like him,” Wright-Phillips told talkSPORT.

“He’s got old an old-school mentality but he can play football as well.’

Asked if White will do better than Varane, he added: “Yes I personally do. I know it’s a big statement, but he is used to the Premier League and he is used to defending a lot for Brighton, week in, week out.

“Varane has come into a whole new league and he is going to put under immense pressure.’

Pushed on who he would sign between the two, Wright-Phillips said: “At this moment, I would definitely say Ben White.”