Ben White is backing himself to take Arsenal to the next level and says he can bring quality in bad moments…which, to be fair, could be quite useful given our track record over the last 17 years.
Signed from Brighton in a deal worth up to £50 million, the 23-year-old centre-back is expected to compete for a place in the Gunners’ starting lineup from the get-go, as soon as he gets up to speed after a summer on international duty with England.
White may only have a season of top-flight football under his belt, but it seems he’s not short of confidence. In his first interview with Arsenal.com, he made clear he’s not phased by the prospect of improving his new club:
“For sure. I’ve played in the Football League, I’ve played for a number of teams on loan and the hunger’s still there. I’m really happy to be at a massive club like this and hopefully bring the level up of this team.
“When times get hard in games, I can step up and control situations. I’m very relaxed on the ball and through that I can produce quality in bad moments of the game.”
White joins Arsenal as a like-for-like replacement for David Luiz following conversations with Mikel Arteta about the club’s direction of travel.
“I don’t think I needed too much convincing to be fair,” said the defender.
“Obviously Arsenal speaks for itself and I spoke to the gaffer a number of times during the summer.
“I got good vibes and the way the gaffer wants to play, I think I can produce quality in this team and hopefully get Arsenal back.”
It also sounds like he’s willing to be flexible, if we need to use him as anything other than a centre-back.
“I think my main [position] is obviously centre back. That’s where I’ve developed over the years. I’ve slotted into different positions to help the team and I feel like I can do that to help the team. If I need to do that this season, I’ll definitely be up for it.”