Mikel Arteta explains what Ben White will bring to Arsenal after completing £50m transfer

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates after leaving Brighton

Jack Rathborn
Friday 30 July 2021 16:28
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Mikel Arteta insists Ben White’s “style fits perfectly” with Arsenal after the England defender completed a £50 million move from Brighton.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates, with Arteta revealing his delight at adding him to his squad this summer.

White becomes the Gunners' third signing this summer after paying around £16m for Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and a further £7m for Nuno Tavares from Benfica.

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 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 added: “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.”

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