With all Premier League clubs securing new players ahead of the upcoming season. Many club supporters are debating over who has secured the best deals. One such debate is going on between Arsenal and Manchester United fans. Both clubs have been busy this summer adding new players.
However, the recent debate rooted after both United and Arsenal placed a deal for a defender. Manchester United have sealed a £41m deal (including add ons) for Raphael Varane, via SkySports. The Real Madrid defender was on and about to make a jump to the Premier League. Hence, the Frenchman has finally made a move to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to improve his defence with this signing.
United’s PL rivals Arsenal are also on the brink of sealing a £50m deal for Ben White from Brighton. The 23-year-old has been an impressive prospect for Brighton and hence made a debut for the England squad. The impressive growth of the players did catch the eye of multiple English clubs. However, Arsenal were the fastest to sign the defender.
But with both clubs making key signings in their defence. The fans took to make a comparison between the signings. Manchester United fans feel their club did a great job signing Raphael Varane for a much lesser fee than Arsenal spent on Ben White. However, Arsenal fans did not feel happy about it and begged to differ. Hence, both the club’s fanbase have been in a debate on various social media platforms.
Arsenal did a better job
Manchester United fans do have the right to feel that Varane is an excellent buy for the fee they spent. The Frenchman has won multiple major titles over the years with Real Madrid. In his 10 years of service for the Spanish giants, Varane has won four Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles. In addition to this, he has also won the World Cup with France in 2018.
Hence, United fans feel that the arrival of Varane is a huge boost for them and in the process belittle Arsenal for spending £50m on Ben White. However, the Gunners do not feel that they are doing anything wrong with this move. They may be right to feel that way as well.
Ben White is five-years younger than Raphael Varane, who turned 28 this year in April. Hence, the Gunners are positive that White will be able to play for them for the next 10 years. While Varane may have only half of those years left to offer. Besides this, White is a rising talent in the English squad and has great potential. Although he has not played for any big clubs, White can make a name for himself if given the opportunity.
Hence, Arsenal fans feel that signing White for a higher price is better for Arsenal in all aspects. Mikel Arteta has made it clear that a rebuild process of a club cannot happen overnight. But it is a process that happens at a slow and steady pace. The Gunners, who finished eight last term, are hoping to get back stronger next term.
Both fanbases took their debate to Twitter, making comments on each others signing. While some Arsenal supporters tweeted: “Ben White is 23, Homegrown and is On 1/3rd of Varane’s wages with huge potential to grow and Varane is 28, on Huge Wages with No more growth , Dont get me wrong Varane is a better player but people are seriously underestimating Ben White.”
United supporters did not hold back, either, replying with their own views. “Where do these Arsenal fans get their confidence? I thought finishing 8th two seasons in a row would humble them, but nah, it’s always delusional.”-said a fan to counter Arsenal.
However, the clubs are preparing well ahead of the upcoming season. Manchester United, after finishing 2nd last term, hope to win the PL title this season. Hence, Ole has been adding more depth to his squad with the arrival of Jadon Sancho, Tom Heaton, and now Raphael Varane.
Arsenal are also hoping to regain their former PL status. They have already sealed a deal for Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Ben White is likely to arrive in the coming weeks. Although they have not been great in the past few seasons. Mikel Arteta is confident that they can display a better performance this time around.