Arsenal fans keenly observed an action undertaken by Declan Rice within the team huddle prior to the season opener against Nottingham Forest.
The match at the Emirates Stadium was postponed until 1 pm due to complications arising from Arsenal’s novel electronic ticketing system, leading to a significant number of fans being stranded outside the venue.
However, all supporters were subsequently granted access to the stadium, affording them the opportunity to witness the Gunners in action.
Among the notable developments, the trio of new acquisitions, namely Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien
Timber, all made their Premier League debuts for Arsenal. This followed their instrumental roles in securing a Community Shield victory for Mikel Arteta’s side through a penalty shootout triumph against Manchester City the previous week.
Former West Ham captain Declan Rice has made a notable entrance to Arsenal, secured through a remarkable British-record transfer fee of £105 million.
The Arsenal fanbase has swiftly embraced him, expressing admiration for his inclusion.
In a display that endeared him further to the Arsenal supporters, Rice was captured on TNT Sports cameras engaging in the “North London forever” anthem, a song that resonates deeply with Gooners.
This gesture occurred as the anthem played over the stadium’s public address system, with Rice joining his teammates in a huddle.
This episode has further solidified Rice’s connection with the Arsenal faithful, leaving an indelible impression on the fanbase.
Just Declan Rice singing North London Forever before kick-off 🎶 pic.twitter.com/lrUOR7QQbL
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Louis Dunford, a singer from the area, has seen the chorus of his track ‘The Angel’ adapted into the chant and Rice is clearly a big fan.
Needless to say, fans absolutely lapped it up.
One said: “Declan Rice singing along to North London Forever. Welcome to The Arsenal!”
A second wrote: “Genuinely what a moment for him, stepping outside in front of the most historic club in England’s most historic City. He’s a London boy. This is the stuff dreams are made out of.”
A third added: “I have tears rolling down my cheeks.”
A fourth opined: “Declan Rice just gets it man.”