Arsenal’s new signing, Declan Rice, asserts that his success should be measured in terms of the trophies he secures with the Gunners. Having recently transferred for £100m, Rice already feels at home with the club.
Rice, who previously led West Ham United to their first trophy in 43 years by winning the Europa Conference League, is keen on replicating similar successes at Arsenal. Despite finishing second behind Manchester City in the previous season, Arsenal displayed potential by topping the Premier League for most of the campaign.
On asked about his objectives at Arsenal, the 24-year-old, whose contract could potentially reach £105m with add-ons, stated unequivocally, “To win trophies.” He went on to say that the shared ambition of winning is why the current Arsenal squad is together.
Rice, who is an England international and signed with Arsenal earlier this month, stressed the importance of winning. He said, “You only get one career and at the end, the number of trophies you’ve won defines you. I know this squad is incredibly eager to win. We are a young, determined team with high energy.”
Regarding the lessons from last season, he said, “They will have learned a lot. Therefore, this year, as we participate in all the competitions, our singular focus is to win, not merely participate.”
Manchester City, last season’s Premier League champions, withdrew from attempting to buy Rice after their £90m bid was rejected. Bayern Munich, the German champions, also showed interest. Even Manchester United and Rice’s previous club, Chelsea, hinted at their interest without making a definitive offer.
However, Rice had set his sights on Arsenal, swayed by manager Mikel Arteta’s vision for the club. “I had a strong gut feeling,” he said. “Even though it’s only been 10 days, I feel like my decision has already proven worthwhile.”
“I’m eager to improve and add to my skills,” he added. “I believe Mikel can bring the best out of me.”
Arsenal is set to participate in the Champions League this season, marking their return to the competition after a hiatus since the 2016-17 season. They haven’t advanced beyond the last 16 since 2010.
Rice expressed his excitement, saying, “The Champions League is the pinnacle in football. Few players get the chance to participate, and I can’t wait to take the field and hear the anthem. Joining Arsenal and doing great things is a unique opportunity in football. It’s a club that rightfully belongs in the Champions League, and I’m looking forward to those big nights.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Declan Rice Arsenal Transfer
Who has Arsenal recently signed?
Arsenal has recently signed midfielder Declan Rice from West Ham for £100m. The club has also added forward Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £65m and defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax for £34m to its squad this summer.
How does Declan Rice want to be judged at Arsenal?
Declan Rice, after his recent move to Arsenal, has asserted that he wants to be judged on the basis of the trophies he wins with the club.
Who else showed interest in signing Declan Rice?
Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Chelsea all showed interest in signing Declan Rice. However, Manchester City and Bayern Munich withdrew their offers, while Manchester United and Chelsea expressed admiration but didn’t make concrete offers.
What does Declan Rice say about joining Arsenal?
Declan Rice expresses that joining Arsenal feels right and that he had a good gut feeling about it. He believes that his decision to join the Gunners has already paid off, and he looks forward to improving his game under manager Mikel Arteta.
What is Arsenal’s position in the Champions League?
Arsenal is set to participate in the Champions League this season, returning to the competition for the first time since the 2016-17 season. However, they haven’t advanced beyond the last 16 since 2010.