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Arsenal complete €59m deal for Brighton defender Ben White


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Arsenal have completed the signing of Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion. 

The centre-back moves to the Emirates in a deal that could eventually rise to £50million (€58.6m).

23-year old White has signed a long-term contract at Arsenal.

Despite graduating through the Brighton youth ranks, it was a loan move to Leeds United that catapulted White into the limelight. He helped Marcelo Bielsa's side gain promotion to the Premier League during the 2019-20 season.

Gunners boss 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."

White becomes Arsenal's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Benfica defender Nuno Tavares.

Arseneal technical director Edu is delighted to sign the England defender.

"Ben has been a key target this summer," Edu said, "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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