Arsenal have completed the signing of Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion in a £50m deal. White, who signed a five-year contract becomes the third most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history, and will wear the number 4 shirt.
Having established as one of the key players for Brighton last season, Ben White was on Mikel Arteta’s radar after Arsenal finished outside the European places last season. Speaking to Arsenal’s official website after completing the signing, 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.”
Mikel Arteta praised Ben White and 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 fits with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”
Source: Arsenal FC