In the world of football where pressure and expectations are often high moments of fun and friendship are important for both players and fans. Arsenal’s newest star player Declan Rice recently shared a funny story from his first day at the Emirates Stadium showing the lighter side of the club and their manager Mikel Arteta.
Rice’s arrival at Arsenal this summer for a large amount of money from West Ham United had already made headlines. The English player’s transition to his new club has been great with him starting in all five games in different competitions and quickly making his mark in the Premier League.
However, it was the funny incident involving Mikel Arteta that showed fans the friendship within the Gunners’ team. As Rice said “I was a little nervous – the first day (at Arsenal) I was there on Sunday the guys weren’t there but I came out of the physio room and Arteta just like the little things he does he put a sticker on my chest that said ‘Hello, I’m the new person.’ All the under-18s and under-21s are in the canteen and I’m walking through trying to hide my chest.”
This funny gesture from Arteta not only broke the ice but also showed the manager’s ability to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for his new signings. These small moments can make a big difference in helping players settle into a new club especially one as important as Arsenal.
As for Arsenal’s performance on the field this season the team has had a good start to the 2023-2024 season. They began by winning the FA Community Shield after defeating the defending treble winners Manchester City on penalties. The Premier League season started with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest showing their determination and desire to win.
Despite having a player sent off Arteta’s side showed resilience with a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace. Their perfect league record was interrupted when they drew 2-2 at home to Fulham but they quickly bounced back with a dramatic late victory over their rivals Manchester United. Rice himself played a key role scoring in added time to secure the win.
Arsenal is currently in fifth place in the Premier League standings with 10 points just two behind the leaders Manchester City. Their next challenge is away to Everton on September 17th.
With Declan Rice’s arrival and his impressive performances on the field combined with Mikel Arteta’s ability to create a positive atmosphere within the team Arsenal seems to be building a promising season ahead. As fans eagerly await what the future holds for the Gunners they can also appreciate the lighter moments like Rice’s funny initiation which help build the bonds that make a team truly great.”