Speaking about what happened on his first day at Arsenal and what Mikel Arteta made him wear, Declan Rice said: “I was a bit nervous.
“The first day I was down there on the Sunday, the lads weren’t in but I come out of the physio room and Arteta, just like little things he does, he put like a sticker on me saying ‘hello I’m the new person’.
“He just walked in and put it on my chest. All the 18s and 21s in the canteen and I’m walking through trying to hide my chest. Just little things like that.”
Rice clearly seems to be delighted to be able to play under Arteta and has already formed a solid bond with the manager.
The Englishman has had an impressive start to his career with the Gunners, even scoring an important goal in the recent 3-1 win over Man United.
Declan Rice joined Arsenal on 15th July 2023. The transfer fee was a club-record initial £100 million, potentially rising by £5 million in add-ons. This made him the most expensive English player, equalling the previous record held by Jack Grealish