Ben White moves to Arsenal for reported £50M
"Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us," manager Mikel Arteta said. "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."
White will presumably leap ahead of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari, and Calum Chambers in the defensive pecking order and arrives having spent much of last term in a back-three at Brighton. He also occasionally appeared in defensive midfield.
White earned the Seagulls' fans-voted Player of the Season award for 2020-21 and was named Leeds United's Young Player of the Year for his efforts on loan during the 2019-20 Championship campaign.
Arsenal have splurged significant sums on center-backs Sokratis Papastathopoulos, William Saliba, and Gabriel in recent years. The latter remains in Arteta's first-team plans, but Sokratis now plays for Olympiacos while Saliba is spending a third consecutive season out on loan. David Luiz also spent two years on the payroll until he left this summer.