Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are “working hard” in talks with Ben White over a new contract.

White has established himself as one of Arteta’s most consistent performers since joining the Gunners from Brighton for £50m in the summer of 2021.

Despite the fact the 26-year-old still has just under three years to run on his current deal, there is an acceptance he should be rewarded for his form.

Arteta is a big fan of the player, who is regarded as one of the best trainers at the club.

Asked about the state of play regarding White’s new contract, Arteta said: “We are always trying to keep the squad in a healthy position in any way, and the club and Edu especially are working on that.”