Mikel Arteta believes his transfer target is a future Arsenal captain

According to reports, Mikel Arteta views Declan Rice as a potential future captain of Arsenal and is actively pursuing the English midfielder in the current transfer window.

Rice has emerged as one of the standout midfield talents in England, attracting interest from Arsenal over the past few seasons.

While Manchester City poses a significant threat in the race to sign him, Arteta remains optimistic that Arsenal will secure his signature. The Gunners’ manager has expressed a keen interest in the talented England international.

A report from The Daily Mail highlights Arteta’s admiration for Rice’s leadership qualities, with the belief that he could be a captain for the club in the future.

Arteta has previously shown that prolonged tenure at the Emirates is not the sole criterion for the captaincy, as evidenced by his appointment of Martin Odegaard as the club’s leader.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Rice is a leader, and we can all see how he carries himself on the field for West Ham and the England national team.

Any player that deserves to be the club’s captain based on their performance should not be denied the chance to lead the group, so if Rice proves he is good enough, we will back him for that role.

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  1. Pathetic article.
    Rice nowhere near signing for us.
    Mikel would not be so foolish to suggest this with Odegaard our captain

  2. Odegaard is only captain by name ,he’s not a leader as are so many of our players ,if any I would be given it to Ramsdale who is vocal throughout every game and sees everything from the backend .
    it seems that rice is in advanced talks with city so the article is probably obsolete TBF

  3. We really haven’t had a captain who was a leader type in a long time

    My favorite was Tony Adams

  4. It now looks to me – having changed my view in the last few days as Citys interest has hardened significantly- that we have probably missed out on Rice.

    City are state owned ; we are privately owned. No contest therefore and once they came in we were always also rans , financially ! Sigh!

    1. But at the same time City have been the best club in England since Pep showed up and on top of that they are now the best team in Europe. On top of having oil wells funding them.

      If City come in then there is no contest to be honest.

      Clubs go through there good time and bad times. Arsenal and United had their time. Now it’s been City and Chelsea.

      Newcastle will join soon.

      United will join again once the other Oil guy from Qatar buy them..

  5. It’s all about Rice for Mikel Arteta; Rice for breakfast, Rice for lunch, Rice for dinner. And now Rice for captain! I’m getting indigestion now just thinking about it.

    1. RFrancis
      Is it not time to question the repeated ‘updates’? There is nothing that has excited or mortified me yet. Tomorrow is another day but I’m not upsetting my equilibrium until the best or worst is delivered

  6. Maybe that’s one of the factors the gaffer uses in his approach for Rice.

    When in a negotiations no tactics is off the table, any mess can be cleaned up afterwards, getting the deal across the line that’s the goal.

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