White undergoing medical with Arsenal transfer imminent

Date published: Sunday 25th July 2021 12:25 - Toby Bowles

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Ben White has travelled to London this weekend to complete his long-awaited move to Arsenal, according to reports.

A £50m bid has finally been accepted by Brighton, who rejected the Gunners’ two previous offers of £40m and £47m.

He will complete his medical today, according to the Daily Mail, with personal terms agreed and an announcement set to follow in the coming days.

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White enjoyed a stellar campaign last season, starting 36 Premier League matches as Brighton conceded the joint-fewest goals of any bottom-half side (46).

His composed performances have attracted interest from a number of big clubs, including Manchester City and PSG, while earning him a call-up to the England squad for the Euros.

David Seaman, the legendary Arsenal goalkeeper, thinks White will thrive at The Emirates.

He told Goal: “He’s got everything [needed] to go and take hold of it and give it his best shot.

“He’s got the physique, he’s got the temperament. At Leeds [White’s former club] it’s a high press, high-tempo game, so his fitness is also not in doubt.



“The only question mark you can put on him is can he play in the big games? But we’ll just have to wait and see, because he’s not played in them yet.

“Hopefully he will go on and play for England and when he does that, hopefully he will carry on [with his development].

“Would he be a good signing for Arsenal? Of course he would because he’s a good player.”

Simon Jordan, however, has questioned White’s thinking behind a move to north London.

The talkSPORT host said: “Why would he want to go there?

“With respect to Brighton it’s a step up but there may be other steps available to him that are far more compelling than Arsenal.

“If Ben White is now in the international squad and revered the way he is, because he’s a top quality player, why are Arsenal in the mix? Arsenal are all over the place.

“If you’re comparing and contrasting Brighton to Arsenal then yes it is a step up but if you’re comparing somebody who’s in the England squad that people in the game think is a Rolls Royce then what is the move he’s making to Arsenal for?”


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