Arsenal are set to open talks with Ben White over extending his contract at the Emirates, according to the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old still has 3 years left on his current deal but the Gunners are keen to reward him for his excellent form.
Supporters on X are happy that White could be handed an extension as he has been one of the club’s top performers over the past 12 months:
Give him 10years plus 1
— Deworld (@Deworld9) September 14, 2023
Ben White’s been rock solid! Time to reward his stellar performances with a shiny new contract. 💪💼 #AFC
— ArukuSageMind ® (@AzukaDM) September 14, 2023
Best RB in the league.. Pen him down till 2028
— ABØCHIE 👑🧘🏾♂️ (@_abochie) September 14, 2023
Sign da ting
— schewpid me (@greygoshi) September 14, 2023
Literally our most underrated player
— Will Gates (@whrgates) September 14, 2023
Glad to hear that Ben deserves this.
— Cheryl Ruskin (@cheryl_ruskin) September 14, 2023
White has excelled playing out of position
When Arsenal paid Brighton £50m for White, it was widely assumed that he would be a regular starter at centre-back. He did play regularly in that role during his first season at the Emirates but that all changed last year.
The return of William Saliba to the club forced manager Mikel Arteta into rethinking his backline, and White ended up playing at right-back. It wasn’t a position he was too familiar with but the switch ended up proving to be a success.
Odegaard could sign a new deal before White
While discussions are set to begin with White, it is believed that talks with Arsenal’s captain are at an advanced stage. The Norwegian’s current deal expires in 2025 and tying down the club’s talisman for the long-term is the number one priority.
Although nothing has been agreed at this stage, negotiations are going in a positive direction and there is an expectation that Odegaard will put pen to paper in the not-too-distant future.