31st July, 2021
Ben White the Brighton defender who signed for Arsenal on Friday will be the London club’s sixth highest earner.
Reports said the England international will be earning about £120,000 weekly.
His transfer fee reportedly cost Arsenal £50 million.
He is Arsenal third signing this summer.
And fans said it is money well spent as they expect him to pair with Gabriel Maghalhaes at the back.
Other five players who will earn more than White are captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £350,000-per-week, Thomas Partey £250,000 per week and Willian £220,000.
Forward Alexandre Lacazette takes £182,000-per-week and Nicolas Pepe £140,000.
The 23-year-old White produced a fine season for Brighton last year, featuring in 36 Premier League games with his form warranting a selection in the England squad for Euro 2020.
Ben spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds United, where he was an ever-present in their Championship-winning side, helping them win promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
He returned to Brighton last season, becoming a key member of the club.
Ben started his youth career at Southampton before joining Brighton as a 16-year-old, where he enjoyed rapid progress, making his first-team debut as an 18-year-old.
During his time at Brighton, as well as the Championship-winning spell with Leeds, Ben also spent successful loan spells with Newport County and Peterborough United.
Technical director Edu said: “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”
Mikel Arteta said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.