Arsenal bring in £50 million Ben White from Brighton
Edu says Gunners have bought a 'top target'
30 July, 2021 — By Richard Osley
Ben White arrives from Brighton [James Boyes]
ENGLAND international Ben White has finally been confirmed as Arsenal’s latest summer signing with the Gunners paying Brighton and Hove Albion around £50 million to bring him to north London.
The 23-year-old defender has been linked with a transfer from the south coast to the Emirates Stadium all summer, and was finally confirmed as the club’s new ‘No. 4’ this afternoon (Friday).
White was part of the England squad which reached the final of the European Championships, although he did not feature on the pitch. He then went on holiday before returning to the UK and finishing the paperwork with Arsenal.
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.”
And manager Mikel Arteta, who is under pressure to improve on a dismal eighth place league finish last season, said: “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.”
He added: “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 fits with what we are building here.”
White is expected to make his debut this Sunday when Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the Mind Series.
Looking at what he will bring to the team, the 23-year-old said: “When times get hard in games, I can step up and control situations. I’m very relaxed on the ball and through that I can produce quality in bad moments of the game.
“My main [position] is obviously centre back. That’s where I’ve developed over the years. I’ve slotted into different positions to help the team and I feel like I can do that to help the team. If I need to do that this season, I’ll definitely be up for it.”