Mikel Arteta opens up on ‘strong talent’ Ben White upon transfer announcement

Arsenal have finally completed the highly-anticipated signing of Ben White from Brighton, and Mikel Arteta has given his thoughts on his new signing.

The 23 year-old will immediately join up with the senior squad as he prepares for the season ahead, and could well get his first taste of action on Sunday when our side takes on Champions League winners Chelsea at the Emirates.

White will have to wait on official confirmation from the powers that be with the regulatory process needing to finalize the paperwork, but this should all be a formality at this point, although the timeframe on that varies.

Manager Mikel Arteta is pleased that his side has moved to land their ‘top target’ however, and moved to praise his qualities.

Arteta said(via Arsenal Media): “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.”

It will be exciting to see what White can bring to our defence this season, and I hope that his purchase price doesn’t add any unnecessary pressures on the former Brighton man.

With Arsenal wrapping up their transfer activity nice and early in the window, will the players be much more settled by the time the Premier League season gets underway?


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  1. There was a time it was a thing of pride to be the first to chat on here, im just in that time space, proud and happy, dont disturb me. Lowkey most gooners want arteta gone for hos crimes on saliba and guendozi

  2. A welcome development for once at Arsenal, signing players in time to blend ahead of a new season. Much love to Edu and Arteta

  3. I would have preferred a 70M (50+20 add on) signing instead, for our weak and ailing midfield, but nonetheless, my best wishes to Ben White. I hope his partnership with Saliba, starting next year, will be a long and fruitful one.

  4. Welcome Ben White.
    50mill is quite a good fee consdering he is 23 and English and could occupy the second most important position in the team after the GK.
    A strong candidate for Arsenal captaincy.

  5. Welcome to arsenal Ben. bt btw what is the need of another CB and we had the 2nd best defence overall

  6. Arteta will be facing such a divided fans base at the start of the season only a very good start will will get the emirates stadium rocking. My bet is he Arteta will be gone by September’s end.

  7. MA will last the entire season even with a bad start and poor position the sack could come only if he looses the dressing room like emery did. There are chances this may occur if the balance between the use of senior players and the young guns do not yield good results.
    The senior players present at the moment almost got him the sack last season, and they will be looking for that same reason if good results doesn’t pan out early. He trust the young ones but the old ones are awaiting his mistakes and failures. These are the challenges encountered by young managers. That was why Pep Guardiola sold most of the high profile players at Barcelona before he could succeed.

  8. Welcome Ben

    We will have no problems with our defensive line. It will be even better hopefully

    Now we need to focus on our midfield and attack

  9. I hope he can the work for 2 players now xhaka is going to sign a new contract .like I keeping saying we or not signing anymore after white signing that’s our window it’s shut so no midfielder or a cf so we will finish mid table or worse

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