Arsenal have finally announced the long-rumoured signing of Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion. The 23-year-old English defender has signed a deal until 2026 with Arsenal, who paid a reported £50m transfer fee.
Ben White made 37 appearances for Brighton last season, mainly as a centre-back. However, he also played at the right-back and midfield positions occasionally.
His impressive performances earned him a call-up to England’s Euro 2020 squad. He earned his first cap for England in the pre-tournament friendly win against Austria in June. Now, he has joined Arsenal where he will don the No 4 shirt as Arteta hopes to rebuild the era of the Invincibles.
Mikel Arteta said, via Arsenal’s official website: “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.
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.”