White’s agent explains what Arteta and Arsenal chief Edu are really like

White recently became the most expensive defender in Arsenal’s history after the 23-year-old completed his switch from Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee of around £50m

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Arteta reveals White’s Arsenal move was long time in making

As things stand, Ben White remains Arsenal’s most expensive addition this summer window after the England international was lured to North London to the tune of £50m.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had already recruited two other players prior to White’s arrival in former Benfica man Nuno Tavares and ex- Anderlecht rising star Albert Sambi Lokonga.

White arrives at the Emirates with just one season of Premier League experience under his belt, but he more than impressed over the course of the 2020/21 campaign and earned himself a call-up to England’sEuro 2020 squad after Trent Alexander Arnold was forced to withdraw with injury.

Ben White joined Arsenal in a deal worth £50m from Brighton


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As Gunners fans get excited over the idea of boasting one of the best ball-playing central defender’s in the country, White’s agent Alex Levack has shed light on how the move was completed and what it was like to deal with those at the very top of the Arsenal hierarchy.

Levack conceded that White is still in a state of shock that a move to one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ sides has come so soon into his career.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Laveck said : “The main challenge really was agreeing the fee between the two clubs and structuring the deal in the right way.

Brighton didn’t really want to sell and weren’t really willing to give a valuation for the player, and with Tony Bloom being a professional poker player and gambler, he was hard to read.”

He went on to explain what White can offer Arsenal and how the styles of both the player and the club align, adding: “The way he plays is very conducive with the way that Arsenal like to play, and it was very fascinating the attention to detail that Arsenal put into scouting the players that they are going to sign, whether that would be artificial attention, data analysis or video analysis – it’s all very impressive.

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Ben White made his Arsenal debut last Sunday at home to Chelsea in a pre-season friendly (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Edu, Mikel Arteta, and actually all the guys at Arsenal were excellent to deal with, they were consistent in their message that they were going to do all they could to get Ben, and in all fairness that was proven with the level of transfer fee they paid for Ben.”

White has already impressed much of the Arsenal faithful during his first 45 minute cameo appearance in the recent pre-season friendly against Chelsea at the Emirates.

Though the Gunners were on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline, White made two goal line clearances in the second half and looked typically composed every time he found the ball at his feet.

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