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‘You’re s***’ – Ben White claims ‘little kids’ mocked Arsenal for forking out £50m on him & that his dad HATES football


BEN WHITE has revealed little kids told him “You’re s***” after his £50million move to Arsenal.

The Gunners splashed out to sign the England defender from Brighton last summer.

Ben White started Friday night's win over Crystal Palace at right-back

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Ben White started Friday night’s win over Crystal Palace at right-backCredit: Getty

In Prime Video’s All or Nothing Arsenal series, White revealed that he took some stick immediately after the transfer.

He said: “I’ve got some little kids absolutely giving me stacks, they were mugging me right off.

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“They were like ”£50million? You’re s***.”

White, 24, also revealed how he got into football, despite his dad not being in love with the beautiful game.

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He added: “It’s weird because my family don’t like football.

“They’ve never played it. Dad hates it. He would never, ever watch a game.

“It was actually someone who my mum used to cut hair for [who got me playing]. She would come out in the garden with me and she would get in goal and I would boot the ball at her.

“That’s where it all started, really.

“I don’t think I was ever talented, like ‘special’. I’ve just worked so much harder than everyone else.”

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White went on to admit that he has matured in recent years.

He explained: “Being at a big club like this, you can’t slip, you can’t have bad days.

“It is tough mentally. I have high standards. I don’t need anyone to tell me when I have not done so well, I know.

“I used to be very up and down emotionally, but as I have grown up, I think I am at a level where I can be okay with whatever happens.”

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White made 37 appearances in all competitions during his debut season at the Emirates, primarily in central defence alongside Gabriel Magalhaes.

He started Friday night’s Prem opener at right-back in place of the injured Takehiro Tomiyasu – with William Saliba stepping in at centre-back for the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.





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