• White is club’s third-most expensive signing of all time
  • Arteta says ‘intelligent’ defender’s style ‘fits perfectly’

Arsenal have completed the signing of Ben White from Brighton in a £50m deal that makes him their third-most expensive arrival of all time.

The 23-year-old centre-back had been one of Mikel Arteta’s top summer targets and his ability to pass out from defence, as well as stepping into midfield, was seen as a key component in speeding up Arsenal’s game in possession. Although he effectively replaces David Luiz, he is more than a decade younger and appears yet to reach his ceiling. He will take the No 4 shirt and has signed a five-year contract.

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