Arsenal fans spotted what happened to Ben White and William Saliba ahead of Chelsea clash – Football.London

Arsenal have a new No.4 in Ben White.

However, it would appear that not everybody was aware that the central defender had taken that shirt number after sealing his move to the Emirates Stadium last Friday.

Formerly worn by the likes of Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Per Mertesacker and Mohamed Elneny in the Premier League era, White takes over the squad number from William Saliba.

Technically, the Frenchman – who hasn’t made a competitive appearance for Arsenal since his £27m transfer from Saint-Etienne two summers ago – vacated the shirt number after sealing a season-long loan move to Marseille earlier in the window.

Although, as spotted by Arsenal fans on Reddit, there was some confusion that may have caused embarrassment for those in control of the official stream for the pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Now, White was named on the bench for the London derby alongside the likes of fellow summer arrivals Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Or was he?

Well on the Arsenal stream it had Saliba listed next to the No.4 slot instead of White in what was clearly an accidental mix-up, that caused some laughter amongst the fanbase.



Arsenal fans spotted the William Saliba and Ben White mix-up on the official stream. (Image: Arsenal/ rEDDIT)
Arsenal fans spotted the William Saliba and Ben White mix-up on the official stream. (Image: Arsenal/ rEDDIT)

commander_seb said: “The database must not have been updated yet.”

arsenal08reading said: “man, the admin is really a saliba fan huh?”

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ReturnOfBenjenRyan said: “Embarrassing. This is the official stream.”

acehh93 said: “Lol I was really confused for a while.”

FreeTheWoo said: “Saliba won the battle and has taken over his body.”

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