Declan Rice recalls first meeting with Mikel Arteta & memories of Bukayo Saka

Declan Rice has recalled the ‘surreal’ moment he first met Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after sealing his £105m move to the Gunners this summer.

The midfielder had suitors from across the Premier League but soon decided to take his talents to the Emirates Stadium where, alongside Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, he headlines a summer spend of over £200m.

It was inside the stadium that Rice first came face-to-face with Arteta, and the 24-year-old has revealed the impact of that meeting with his new boss.

“When I signed I was speaking to the manager and when we were stood there looking out…


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