Arsenal defender agrees new long-term contract

Arsenal defender Ben White has agreed the terms of a new long-term contract with the Gunners, with confirmation of the deal expected to come later this week.

Arriving from Brighton in the summer of 2021, White’s original agreement ran until June 2026. Talks over an extension have been ongoing for months but manager Mikel Arteta has long insisted that a positive resolution was imminent.

According to The Athletic, that agreement has now been reached and White has put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have not yet confirmed White’s new deal publicly but an official announcement is expected by the end of the week.

With White’s future now wrapped up, Arsenal are expected to turn their attention to left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. The 27-year-old’s current deal is due to expire in 2026.

Ben White

A reward for White / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

White has been an integral member of Arteta’s squad, making 39 appearances so far this season across all competitions. He initially began the season as a centre-back, before an injury to right-back Jurrien Timber saw him shifted back out to the right.

His skill has seen Arsenal become Premier League title contenders, as well as hopefuls in the Champions League.

A versatile defender, White has bagged two goals and four assists in the Premier League this season, adding to the team’s impressive 70-goal total.

The squad are hoping to continue in their upward trajectory when they face fellow title contenders City. They will also learn their Champions League quarter-final opponent on 15 March.


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