The Gunners have finally completed the signing of defender Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion.
✍️ Our third summer arrival— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 30, 2021
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The center-back signs a five-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.
After Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, White is the Gunners' third summer signing.
Arsenal's total spending this summer has already reached £70 million despite missing out on all kinds of European participation for the coming season.
With the cost, he would become Arsenal's third most expensive signing, behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.
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.
Sorry we're late...— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 30, 2021
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Ben will wear the No 4 shirt and will immediately join up with his new team-mates ahead of The Mind Series friendly match at home to Chelsea on Sunday.