Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Declan Rice for shortly discovering his toes on the Emirates following his membership file 105 million kilos ($130.12 million) switch within the shut season.
Rice’s transfer from West Ham United in July meant the England worldwide had pre-season with Arsenal, and he has been spectacular in central midfield, having performed each minute of their Premier League marketing campaign up to now.
The 24-year-old has been an instantaneous hit and gained Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for August, whereas his first purpose for the membership was a late winner towards outdated rivals Manchester United earlier this month.
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“You always hope that transition is going to be smooth and fast, but sometimes the reality is very different,” Arteta informed reporters on Friday, forward of Sunday’s league journey to Everton.
“In his case, it has been really positive, he’s finding it really easy. He understood the team, our way of playing really, really fast and things are going well for him.”
While Rice has settled down at Arsenal, its earlier file signing Nicolas Pepe has been moved on with the membership terminating the contract of the Ivory Coast worldwide who value 72 million kilos in 2019.
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Pepe helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2020 however quickly discovered enjoying time restricted underneath Arteta. He left Arsenal having scored 27 targets in 112 video games and joined Trabzonspor on a free switch.
“I wasn’t involved in that deal, but what I can say about him as a person is that he’s a phenomenal boy, he tried really hard. It’s not his fault the amount of money that we paid at the time,” Arteta stated.
“When things are not working out, you have to move on… That decision was made and I think it was for the benefit of both parties.”
Arteta stated winger Bukayo Saka “trained normally” amid considerations over a potential Achilles harm, whereas the Spaniard added that Arsenal need to lengthen the contract of skipper Martin Odegaard, whose present deal expires in June 2025.
“He’s our captain, he’s a massive player for us. He’s really important for now and the future. We want to keep him here for a long time,” Arteta stated. “I’m always optimistic. We’re really close (to a new deal) with him and his agent.”