Brighton and England star Ben White has been told by ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan to brush off Arsenal’s £50m deal as the club are “all over the place”.
The Gunners are believed to be close to securing the defender who is currently on international duty at Euro 2020.
However, Arsenal haven’t had the best past season after they failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years.
And Jordan believes White could get a better offer elsewhere.
He told talkSport : “Why would he want to go there? There’s other steps up for him that are far more compelling than Arsenal.
“If Ben White is now in the international squad and is revered the way he is because he’s a top quality player, why are Arsenal in the mix?
“Arsenal are all over the place. If you’re comparing Brighton and Arsenal then, yes, Arsenal is a step up. But you’re talking about someone who is in the England squad who people inside the game think is an absolute Rolls-Royce.
“What is the move to Arsenal for because they are a long way away from where they need to be.
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“There’s a lot of people who were impressed by Mikel Arteta but are now thinking maybe he’s all theory and no practice.”
Despite Arsenal’s poor form of late, Arteta is likely to keep his job and it’s believed he has been given financial backing by bosses to pursue the players he needs.
And if Arsenal fail to sign White, it will be a huge blow to the club who have been looking to bag the player for weeks.
Ex-Gunner Emmanuel Petit has recognised the common habit of Arsenal not securing the players they want.
“It’s not the question of money because Arsenal have the power to put £70million on a player if they want to.
“It’s a question of profile – who do you want for your team in terms of character and quality? What are Arsenal doing in the transfer market?
“I don’t understand it. They spend money – a lot of money sometimes – but on the wrong player.”
And he added if this continues to be how Arsenal deal with transfer windows their form could dip even lower.
“To be honest, I’m not really convinced – for four, five, six years now – with 60 per cent of the team,” he said.
“This is a turning point for Arsenal, they are at the end of the world. They need to take the right direction or else they’ll drop, drop and drop again and it’ll be more difficult for them to attract players.
“You need to be more efficient in the transfer market because Arsenal cannot rely on academy players.”