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Premier League: Arsenal make statement with Declan Rice capture

After falling short in the Premier League title race last season, Arsenal have made a huge statement with the signing of England midfielder Declan Rice ahead of the new campaign.

A deal that was months in the making but finally completed on Saturday 15th July, Rice could be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle as the Gunners prepare to go again next season.

WhatPremier League 2023/24
WhereVarious grounds across England
When11th August 2023 - 19th May 2024
How to watchSky Sports, TNT Sports & Amazon Prime
OddsMan City 8/11, Arsenal 5/1, Liverpool 8/1, Man Utd 11/1, Chelsea 12/1. Newcastle 14/1

Arsenal smash transfer record to land England star

For a fee believed to be £100m with a further £5m in add-ons, Arsenal have smashed their transfer record to bring Rice from West Ham to north London.

Rice was the talisman at the Hammers and helped the club achieve success last season by winning the Europa Conference League.

However, that success in Europe might have papered over the cracks of a campaign that saw the Hammers battling for Premier League survival at one stage.

A player who has made no secret of his ambitions to compete in the Champions League and challenge higher up the Premier League table, Rice now finds himself in a strong and improving Arsenal squad.

Rice has spoken of the lure of moving to the Gunners and feels it is a club on the up that has a bright future ahead of it under manager Mikel Arteta.

"I've been looking at Arsenal over the last couple of seasons and the trajectory they've been on," he said.

"Not last season but the season before, they [only] finished fifth, but you could see the style of play Mikel was implementing.

"Last season was an outstanding season, blowing pretty much every team out of the water with the exception of Manchester City."

To fend off competition from the likes of City, Manchester United and Chelsea for Rice, Arsenal have made a real statement of intent for the new season.

A busy summer already at Arsenal

The Gunners have been ambitious in the transfer market already this summer, as Rice joins Germany midfielder Kai Havertz and Netherlands defender Jurrien Timber as one of the new arrivals.

Havertz looks to be a promising signing after impressing at times during his spell at Chelsea, where he did manage to win the Champions League with the Blues.

There’s also plenty of excitement about Timber and what the Dutchman will bring to the Arsenal defence ahead of the coming campaign.

With their new arrivals beginning the process of settling into their new surroundings at Arsenal, the Gunners are now 5/1 to win the Premier League title next season.

Gunners determined to bridge the gap to City

Manchester City remain the team to beat in England and are the 8/11 favourites to lift the trophy next season.

City have already bid skipper Ilkay Gundogan farewell, with the Germany playmaker completing his move to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Gundogan came up with some big moments for City on their way to a historic treble last season and new signing Mateo Kovacic has some big boots to fill in that attacking midfield role.

Arsenal have been aggressive in the transfer market in their bid to bridge the gap between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s City.

Much like the season before, when Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish, the last campaign saw the Gunners run out of steam when the pressure was on.

Arsenal came flying out of the blocks last season and will be looking for a similarly strong start this time around, as they kick off their Premier League campaign on 12th August with Nottingham Forest heading to the Emirates.

Arsenal are 2/7 to win, 19/4 to draw and 15/2 to lose against the East Midlands outfit in the capital on that opening weekend.

Before that, Arsenal do get the opportunity to see their new acquisitions in action against the champions, as the Gunners face City in the Community Shield on 6th August.

Arsenal are 7/4 to claim the first piece of silverware for the season at Wembley, with Man City at 2/5 to Lift The Trophy at the national stadium.

There is no questioning the backing from the Arsenal hierarchy for manager Arteta, with Rice set to be the crown jewel in a busy summer transfer window.

Rice has shown he can be a big fish at West Ham and now the 24-year-old looks ready for the step up to the Champions League and a Premier League title battle next season.

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