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Declan Rice reveals the one person that made it possible for him to join Arsenal

Arsenal have on Saturday announced the signing of Declan Rice and the midfielder has opened up about the person that made it possible for him to come to the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal’s new signing, Declan Rice, has revealed that manager Mikel Arteta played a significant role in his decision to join the club. The 24-year-old midfielder expressed his excitement about working with Arteta and believes that the Spanish coach will help him reach new levels in his game.

Rice, who completed a record-breaking transfer from West Ham United to Arsenal for £105 million, spoke highly of Arteta’s coaching abilities and his impact on players both on and off the pitch. The midfielder highlighted Arteta’s work ethic and psychological approach as key factors in his decision to come to the Emirates Stadium.

“I’m so excited – he speaks for himself,” Rice said in an interview with Arsenal Player. “You see how he works – you got a real insight into how he works on the Amazon documentary, how he works with his players and not only as a coach, but psychologically how good he is with players, how he improves players. He’s a massive factor in the reason why I’ve come here.”

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with new signing Declan Rice at Emirates Stadium on July 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Rice also expressed confidence that Arteta will bring out the best in him and help him elevate his game to new heights. “I know he’s going to get the best out of me,” Rice stated. “I know I’ve got more levels to go up in my game, and I feel like he’s the manager to take me to those next levels. I’m really excited to be working with him.”

The signing of Declan Rice adds further strength and depth to Arsenal’s squad ahead of the upcoming season. Alongside Rice, Arsenal have also secured two other notable signings this summer transfer window – Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £65 million and Jurrien Timber from Ajax for €40 million plus €5 million add-ons.

These signings demonstrate Arsenal’s ambition to strengthen their squad and compete at the highest level. With Rice joining an already talented midfield lineup that includes Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe, Arsenal fans have reason to be optimistic about the team’s prospects for the upcoming season.

Manager Mikel Arteta has been praised for his tactical acumen and ability to develop young players. His coaching style, as showcased in the Amazon documentary, has garnered admiration from both players and fans alike. Rice’s decision to join Arsenal is a testament to Arteta’s reputation as a top-class coach and his ability to attract talented players to the club.

As Arsenal continue their preparations for the new season, the addition of Declan Rice will undoubtedly bolster their midfield options. With Arteta at the helm, Rice will have the opportunity to further develop his skills and contribute significantly to Arsenal’s success on the pitch.

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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