Reliable sources have reported that Arsenal are finally set to sign Brighton’s Ben White, a player who Mikel Arteta see as a perfect replacement for David Luiz. In a Twitter post made by England Journalist, David Ornstein, he said,
“Arsenal Arsenal have struck an agreement in principle to sign England centre-back Ben White from Brighton. Deal for 23-year-old subject to medical & will take some time to be completed. #BHAFC always wanted guaranteed £50m”
This comes as a good news, especially with William Saliba sent out on loan. Ben White to Arsenal is a deal that suits all parties, I think. For Brighton, they get a massive £50 million fee for a player, who played in league 2 three years ago. For Arsenal, they get one of the best prospects in English football. Considering the new transfer policy of Arsenal, the 23-year-old is a perfect fit for Arsenal because, he is homegrown, and seem to be a younger version of David Luiz.
While celebrating this agreement, I’ll be sharing with us a shallow Insight on the young defender, and what he will likely bring to Arsenal.
Note: This insight is based on what I saw from his YouTube videos.
1. STRONG TACKLING
This is one area where the England international thrives. He is not the kind of defender who is shy or scared to tackle the opposition player. What makes him special in this area is his timing of every tackle he makes. He executes his tackling with committing too many fouls.
2. INTERCEPTIONS, CLEARANCE AND RECOVERIES
While playing for Leeds United, Ben White made an average of 2.5 interceptions per game. A stat which is considered excellent for a defender. For last season, he made a total of 62 ball interceptions, 50 ball clearance and 186 recoveries. This is excellent, I must say
3. GOOD PASSING ABILITY
With 1,747 passes and 48.53 passes per match, Ben White is one defender who is very good with the ball at his feet. Premier League statistics shows the youngster made a total of 84 accurate long balls last season. This is the same quality David Luiz had which made him one of Arsenal’s best defender.
4. BUILDING FROM THE DEFENCE
One characteristic which Mikel Arteta likes in a defender is the ability to build an attack from the back. White is extremely good at this, as the YouTube videos is watch showed how he started an attack from the defence. Even as a defender, he has the ability to play through passes from behind.
Even as a central defender, Ben White has the ability to play as a right-back and also as a defensive midfielder. This is one characteristic which Arsenal will benefit from because he will be able to cover those positions in case of injuries.
I must say that Arsenal has got themselves a rare gem, but what they should pray for is that he should not flop. Even though I feel William Saliba should have been a chance, I think signing Ben White is a step in the right direction. But for me, the transfer fee is too much.
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