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Why Arsenal officials are chasing Ben White

Arsenal’s pursuit of Brighton star Ben White appears to be bad news for the future of Rob Holding.

Holding became one of Mikel Arteta’s first-choice centre-backs last season, making 30 appearances in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old formed an impressive partnership at the back with Pablo Mari, as the Gunners secured the third-best defensive record in the top-flight.

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But Arteta is looking to boost his defensive options in this summer’s transfer window, with a deal for Ben White edging closer.

The Gunners are set to shell out a fee in the region of £50million for the Brighton star, meaning one of Arsenal’s seven centre-backs will have to make way.

That player appears to be Holding, with The Times reporting that the former Bolton defender will “likely be available for sale” this summer.

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