England international Ben White has completed his 50 million Pound move from Brighton to Arsenal. The 23-year-old is Arsenal’s third summer signing after Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Ben White has relatively low appearances in the English Premier League (36), but he has a bright future. He is quick, smart in positioning, and super composed on the ball. The price tag is inflated but he is a gem of a defender who can also do a job at defensive midfield. He spent the 19/20 season on loan at Leeds United, where he was an ever-present in their Championship-winning side. White helped them win promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence. His passing was vital for buildup in Marcelo Bielsa’s all-action side.
Mikel Arteta said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is. Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us. And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fit with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”
Technical director Edu said: “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”
Ben White will sign a long-term contract and take the number 4 jersey left behind by William Saliba.