Ben White Wages & Contract
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Ben White plays as a defender for Arsenal Football Club. He was born in Poole on the south coast of England to parents Carole and Barry on 8th October 1997. Today, he is a versatile defender who can play in the centre or on the right. White’s range of passing and ability on the ball allows him to contribute going forward too.
White began playing football at a young age and joined Southampton when he was just 8 years old. At the age of 16, after 8 years with the club he was released.
Fortunately for Ben other clubs were interested in him and he ended up joining Brighton & Hove Albion, a club not too far from where his parents live. White would make his professional debut for the club in the 2016/17 season but would not feature heavily that year. He would make just a handful more appearances for Brighton’s first team and their U21’s throughout the rest of the season before being loaned out to Newport County.
Going out on loan is where many young footballers make or break their careers and Ben White was no exception. Newport County’s manager Michael Flynn called Ben the “best loan signing” for the club, ever. Ben would go on to spend two more years on loan, the first with Peterborough and the second with Leeds, where he continued to impress.
Despite Leeds trying to make White’s loan move permanent, Brighton were resolute on keeping their young star. He returned to Brighton for the following season and signed a new 4-year contract with the club. His strong performances and likable character led to fans voting him as their player of the year.
Over the following summer Brighton’s resolve would be tested again. This time the offer was coming from Arsenal Football Club. Despite his reputation with the club and the fans, £50 million would be enough to secure his departure.
Arsenal fans were delighted with the new signing and despite a rocky start to the season from the club as a whole, fans warmed quickly to their new defender. White played as a centre-back for Brighton and this is where many expected him to play for Arsenal. He was tested in a pairing with Gabriel Magalhães but his versatility as well as the return of William Saliba has led to him starting more regularly on the right in the 2022/23 season.
White’s performances at Brighton and Arsenal did not go unnoticed by England manager Gareth Southgate. He got the call-up for the 2020 Euros but was unused during the tournament. White also made the 2022 Qatar world cup squad but did not feature on the pitch. He left the camp early for unknown reasons, leaving the tabloids to speculate about the reasons for his departure.
Arsenal fans also enjoy White’s performances during post-match interviews with his hilariously matter-of-fact answers with reporters. It appears that he is not a player who particularly enjoys media duties and would rather let the team’s performances on the pitch speak for themselves.