3 reasons why Ben White contract extension is so important for Arsenal

  • Ben White signed a new contract on Thursday
    He is just the latest Arsenal player to agree fresh deal
  • Extension rounds off a brilliant week for the Gunners

Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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3. He is a talented footballer

Ben White
Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

One lesser-known reason why this is important: Ben White is just really good at football.

His many qualities have been on show throughout his north London stay, from an initial centre-back role to a seamless adaptation at fullback, and now he puts in excellent displays in the inverted position.

A hunger to cover ground adds particularly to the Arsenal right-wing threat, with his overlaps adding some unpredictability by giving Bukayo Saka more room to manoeuvre. Furthermore, his own end product this season (six goal contributions, including two assists vs Brentford) indicates he can make the difference himself once granted the licence to push forward.

Other perks include his brilliant fitness record, rich Premier League experience and his relatively young age (26), which will see him lock down the Gunners’ right-back slot for years to come (especially if he is out of the international picture…).  

White ticks a lot of boxes and that £50m now looks like money well spent.


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