Declan Rice reveals Mikel Arteta joke on first day with Arsenal

Declan Rice has been discussing his first day as an Arsenal player.

Declan Rice signed for Arsenal this past summer in a British record deal of £100m plus £5m in add-ons.

Rice has since linked up with Arsenal for the 2023/24 campaign and his time at Arsenal has started well.

Arsenal faced off with Manchester United before the international break and Rice scored an injury-time winner to secure the three points for his new side.

It has only been four games, but Rice is already a very popular figure among the Arsenal fanbase.

And now, the midfielder has revealed the joke Mikel Arteta played on him during his first day with Arsenal.

Rice said: “I was a bit nervous - the first day [at Arsenal], I was down there on the Sunday, the lads weren’t in but I come out of the physio room & Arteta, just like little things he does, he put like a sticker on my chest saying, ‘Hello, I’m the new person’. All the under-18s & under-21s are in the canteen & I’m walking through trying to hide my chest.”

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Josh Barker

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