Arsenal has officially announced the signing of England’s highly rated defender Ben White. The defender will join Arsenal in a 50m deal and will sign a 5 year contract along with an option to extend the deal.
White is Gunner’s third first team summer after left back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.
Here are things you need ot know about the centre back:
Versatile defender with lots of pace to burn– Ben isn’t just you’re every day centre back, he is capable of playing in other positions. He deputize in the right back and maraud up and down the pitch and even protect the back four as a defensive midfielder.
Posses similar surging runs to Liverpool’s Joel Matip- Ben White is capable of surging through midfield to create quick counter attacking moves just like Liverpool’s Joel Matip. That trait will very beneficial to Arsenal to break the press and move the ball quicker to goal.
He was released by Southampton at 16– Southampton didn’t value him that much and decided release the 16-year-old who joined their academy at the age of 16.
Despite the set back other Premier League club, White still kept pushing and had trials with Leicester City and Bristol academy before been accepted by Brighton.
Fit and reliable– Ben White is one of the fittest and most reliable centre backs in the Premier League. He will kick, shove, tackle, intercept and move the ball side to side all day if called upon to play.
Fantastic in the air and good in distributing the ball– The defender is fantastic on the air and can deal with any threat from set piece. Added to that, White is a modern day centre back who blessed with the ability to pass the ball from the back rather then shoot to heavens.
Faster than Van DIjk- Ben White is one of the fastest defender in the Premier League and that is good news for Arsenal who need him to tightly mark quick attackers and stop them from scoring.