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Declan Rice officially becomes Arsenal’s third summer signing

Arsenal has today finally announced the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United on a club record fee and the English international becomes the gunners thief summer signing.

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Arsenal have made a strong statement of intent in the transfer market this summer, with the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United as their third major acquisition. Arsenal has officially announced the signing of Declan Rice after many weeks of waiting on the supporters side. The Gunners have already secured the services of Kai Havertz from Chelsea and Jurrien Timber from Ajax, and now they have added Rice to their ranks in a record-breaking deal between two British clubs.

The 24-year-old midfielder has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract, bringing with him a wealth of experience. Rice has made 245 senior appearances for West Ham, establishing himself as an integral part of their first-team squad over the past six seasons. He has also represented England on 43 occasions, showcasing his talent at the international level.

Rice began his youth career at Chelsea before joining the West Ham academy in 2014. A year later, he signed his first professional contract and made his senior debut on the final day of the 2016/17 season. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the most highly-rated midfielders in English football.

 

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Arsenal unveil new signing Declan Rice at London Colney on July 15, 2023 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal Sporting Director Edu expressed his delight at securing Rice’s signature, highlighting the player’s fantastic ability and proven track record. He emphasized that Rice’s arrival is part of Arsenal’s strategy to compete with young talented players at the heart of their club.

With Havertz, Timber, and now Rice joining Arsenal this summer, it is clear that the Gunners are building a squad capable of challenging for major honors. The club’s ambition is evident as they invest heavily in young talent who can contribute both domestically and internationally.

Rice’s addition to Arsenal’s midfield will provide them with greater strength and depth in that area. His versatility allows him to play as a defensive midfielder or even drop back into central defense if needed. His ability to read the game and make crucial interceptions will undoubtedly bolster Arsenal’s defensive stability.

Manager Mikel Arteta will be pleased to have Rice join up with the squad well ahead of the new season. The early integration will give Rice ample time to settle into his new surroundings and build chemistry with his new teammates.

As Arsenal continue to strengthen their squad, fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the new season. With the signings of Havertz, Timber, and now Rice, there is renewed optimism that the Gunners can compete at the highest level and challenge for silverware once again.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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