Arsenal fans in meltdown with Ben White expected to take William Saliba’s No.4

Ben White could be handed the No.4 shirt that currently belongs to William Saliba when his transfer from Brighton is confirmed – leaving many Arsenal supporters feeling frustrated.

The England International defender looks set to move to the Emirates from the Amex this week following an impressive season in the Premier League under Graham Potter.

That came after his breakthrough campaign with Leeds in the Championship, with the Gunners ready to spend £50million to bolster their defence following the departure of David Luiz.

While fans are positive about his imminent addition, many have been left baffled by news that White might well take the number that was handed to Saliba at the start of last season.

After the Daily Express reported that White is 'expected' to get the shirt previously worn by Cesc Fabregas, Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown, Gunners fans have responded in their numbers.

One wrote on Twitter: "Giving the poor kid the number 4 and then stripping him of it before he's even played a minute. Just bullying at this point."

With a second adding: "Arteta giving away Saliba's number while he's out on loan. Brutal."

A third continued: "Gutted man, not with the signing with potentially selling Saliba."

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In signing a long-term contract with the club back in July of 2019, Saliba is said to have cost Arsenal £27million after just one senior season at Saint-Etienne.

Having returned to his previous club on a season-long loan deal, he returned in the summer of 2020 to be handed the iconic No. 4 shirt before sitting on the bench in the 2020 FA Community Shield.

Following that, the France youth international was left out of the club's competitive squads for the 2020/21 season, going on to join Nice on a six-month loan which was extended in January.

Earlier this month, he joined Marseille for the 2021–22 season.

Saliba said of Arteta back in January: “The coach immediately told me that I was not ready.

“I would have at least liked to have had a chance to rediscover my rhythm.

“But this is football, it’s like that.”

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