Youthful England defender Ben White has joined Arsenal from Brighton and Hove Albion for a fee of £50 million.
The 23-year-old has inked a five-year deal, which will keep him at the North London club until June 2026.
White becomes the third signing for Mikel Arteta, following the arrivals of Albert Sambi from Anderlecht and Nuno Tavares from Benfica.
“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,” manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website.
“He 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 will fill the void left by Brazilian defender David Luiz, who recently exited following the expiry of his contract having spent two years at the Emirates.
Ben will wear the No. 4 shirt and will immediately join up with his new teammates ahead of The Mind Series friendly match at home to Chelsea on Sunday.
The Englishmen, who joined Brighton from his boyhood club, Southampton, in 2016 made 36 appearances in the Premier League for Brighton last season becoming a key member in Graham Potter’s side.
In the 2019/20 season, White had spent a loan spell at Leeds United, where he was an ever-present in their Championship-winning side, helping them to clinch promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
He has also spent time on loan at Newport County and Peterborough United.