Cascarino claims White was the signing that Arsenal wanted to make

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Tony Cascarino has claimed that Ben White was the commitment Arsenal had to make this summer window.

After it became known in the media that David Luiz wasn’t going to sign a new deal to stay at the club this summer, Mikel Arteta knew he needed to add a quality center-back to that defense.

Some big names were linked, as were some talent, but in the end the Gunners board of directors gave Arteta £ 50m to finalize a transfer deal for the very formidable Ben White, who is highly rated in the Premier League

The England international, who went to Euro 2020 with the Three Lions, had an excellent season for the Seagulls last time, playing all but two of their Premier League games.

And Tony Cascarino believes White is a commitment that Arsenal urgently need to start the new season as they look to improve on a disappointing eighth place last season.

“[Leeds manager Marcelo] Bielsa wanted him, he was desperately looking for him. They offered a huge amount of money and couldn’t get it over the line, ”he told talkSPORT.

“It was £ 30-plus-million and he had only been in the championship at the time.

“Ben White had another very good season at Brighton last year and I think [Arsenal] have committed a very competent and – I say this because it is often underestimated – consistent player.

“You needed someone like that, a consistent player.”

Round up…

£ 50m is a lot of money to spend on a player with a lot to prove in the game, but White is really a player who has the ability to move on and become one of the best defenders in the Premier League

He is a brilliant new addition to the club and is welcomed by fans despite his enormous price tag

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