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Leeds duo Phillips, White would improve Arsenal - Whelan

Former Leeds United star Noel Whelan believes there is a lot of quality in the Championship side.

He singled out two players for praise, Kalvin Phillips and Ben White.

Phillips is a midfielder who recently signed a five year contract with the Elland Road club, while White is a 22-year-old defender who is on loan from Brighton.

Whelan believes both of those players could get into a team like Arsenal without a problem.

"Arsenal don't have a proper defensive midfielder or a top centre-back," Whelan told Football Insider.

"If Phillips and Ben White were at Arsenal they would improve them.

"They would walk into the Arsenal team. Phillips is a better midfielder than Granit Xhaka, and White is a better centre-back than any of the ones they've got – David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers.

"He's just as good on the ball as David Luiz and far better defensively.

"I'm surprised Lucas Torreira hasn't played more for Arsenal. Maybe he isn't disciplined enough."

Leeds and Arsenal are set to meet in the FA Cup on January 6th.

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