In the wake of Declan Rice’s official transfer to Arsenal from West Ham United, a video highlighting his versatility beyond being a midfield destroyer has resurfaced.
The signing, which was confirmed by Arsenal after weeks of speculation, is said to have occurred for a British record fee of £105 million.
The addition of Rice to Arsenal’s squad has been widely viewed by fans as a means of bolstering the team’s defensive stability, particularly in the midfield area.
The video serves as a reminder of Rice’s diverse skill set and showcases his ability to contribute in various aspects of the game.
On the heels of Declan Rice’s transfer to the Emirates Stadium, a video has emerged once again showcasing his versatility and skill set beyond his role as a defensive midfielder.
The footage highlights Rice’s technical prowess, revealing his ability to make an impact on both ends of the pitch, both defensively and offensively.
The video serves as a reminder that Rice is not only a capable and disciplined defensive player but also possesses the attributes to contribute effectively to the team’s attacking play.
It further emphasizes the value he brings to Arsenal with his well-rounded abilities.
Fans were quick to react on social media.
One said: “Arsenal signed this guy today. Usual caveats around non-game situations, anyone can look good on YouTube etc – but the idea that he’s just a “tough tackling CM” just isn’t true. He’s a modern, technically gifted midfielder – and this was nearly four years ago by the way.”
Arsenal signed this guy today.
Usual caveats around non-game situations, anyone can look good on YouTube etc – but the idea that he’s just a “tough tackling CM” just isn’t true.
He’s a modern, technically gifted midfielder – and this was nearly four years ago by the way. pic.twitter.com/bO2VHNHU7T
— Alexander (@AMonFootball) July 15, 2023
Another tweeted: “As Athletic reported it was Rice or bust for Arsenal. That’s why Mikel wanted him very badly at Arsenal. He is unique and he is a Galactico signing.”
A third fan added: “What Arteta has planned for Rice, it’ll be a scary sight… HE is him.”
Someone else wrote: “This guy is going to be disgustingly good under Arteta.”
Whilst a fifth commented: “His control and technique on the ball is actually unreal.”
Upon signing for the club, Rice said: “First of all I just want to say a massive thank you to all the Arsenal fans for the support so far.
“It’s been overwhelming – there’s been a lot going on, a lot of speculation for months. But obviously, as a player, you want to get things dealt with as quickly as possible, so you’re settled.”
Rice added: “Today I’ve had my first day and I’m feeling really at home.”
Mikel Arteta and his men will now travel to the US for their pre-season tour, during which they will be playing against the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and the MLS All-Stars.