Declan Rice was praised by Mikel Arteta for his swift acceptance of Arsenal’s proposal during first negotiations with the midfielder this summer.InformationGuideNigeria
Rice drew interest from clubs across the Premier League as he prepared to leave West Ham United, but it was Arsenal who eventually persuaded the England international to join, despite having to outbid Manchester City with a £105 million offer, making Rice the most expensive British player in history.
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The two sides are scheduled to play in the Community Shield on Sunday, but Arteta reflected on his first discussions with Rice.
“We just explained our thoughts on him, the place we are building and what his role is going to be in the club,“ Arteta recalled. “He and his family bought into that from day one and we’re delighted to have him.
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“The important thing now is that when we have a target we have the resources that we need to bring that player in but as well that we can convince him and what we tell him excites him, that he feels inspired and he wants to be part of it.NYSC Portal
“That is the feeling we are getting with every player I want to sign but as well with the players we already have here are the ones that we really have to look after that they maintain that feeling and willingness to be here and drive the club to better every day and for them as players, improve every day as well.”
Rice has played in a handful of positions during pre-season, including operating at both the top and base of Arsenal’s midfield, but is also set to play a key role off the pitch as Arteta wants to see him blossom into a leader.JAMB Result
“His leadership skills are unquestionable,” Arteta continued. “When you meet him and spend five minutes with him, you already get the feeling and impression that he will help so much.JAMB Portal
“The dressing room and approach that we want to take in games and have the initiative in our way of living. Things take time and they have to be natural and if [Rice joining the leadership group] has to happen, it will happen.”
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