The Ben White verdict that shows Mikel Arteta is getting what he wants with Arsenal transfer – Football.London

Arsenal look set to complete the deal to sign Ben White in the next few days, with the Brighton defender due to have a medical in north London.

The Gunners and the Seagulls have agreed a £50million deal and medical checks are the only thing in the way of White signing for Mikel Arteta’s side, according to Sky Sports.

Arsenal did see offers for the 23-year-old defender turned down by Brighton, but finally caved in and bid a reported £50m for his services.

White looks set to become the north London club’s third signing of the transfer window, with Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga recently arriving.

Regardless of White’s obvious talent, the England international also has to fit a certain profile that Arteta has in his mind.

The Arsenal boss has previously highlighted the importance of character within his team.

“We need some senior players,” he told the club’s official website recently.

“Players with different types of leadership in the team, with different qualities, people that complement each other.

“At the end of the day, it is about the cohesion of the team so we need a squad that is cohesive that can develop and adapt, that offers different qualities to change games, protect games when we need to and this is what we are trying to build.”



Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White is close to completing a move to Arsenal. (Image: Glyn Kirk/POOL/AFP via Getty Images).
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White is close to completing a move to Arsenal. (Image: Glyn Kirk/POOL/AFP via Getty Images).

Now, Brighton’s former head of recruitment, Mark Anderson, who brought White to the Amex Stadium in 2016 following his release from Southampton, has issued his verdict on the defender’s attributes and they certainly fit Arteta’s previous comments about the profile he seeks in a player.

Speaking to our sister title Sussex Live, Anderson said: “He was not a Raheem Sterling or a Robert Sanchez, for example, but he had ability.

“He had a fantastic character, body language, and he prepared well. Nothing seemed to phase him.

“He was determined to prove people wrong and wow did he prove people wrong.

“Ben was not a flair or elite player but he had all the things I look for that had potential.”

Anderson also spoke about how a trial game for Brighton made it clear to him immediately that he needed to take the gamble and sign the centre-back.

“He [White] played in a trial game for us at the David Beckham Soccerdome in Greenwich and he had a fantastic game and we offered to sign him.

“In the interim, I had spent so much time with his family, we really looked after them and sold the story of Brighton. We managed to take him.”

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