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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal plan for Declan Rice steps up amid Gareth Southgate decision.



Mikel Arteta’s strategy for Declan Rice at Arsenal advances in the wake of Gareth Southgate’s decision.It appears that England manager Gareth Southgate now shares Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s perception that Declan Rice has the potential to become a future captain. Arsenal spent the majority of the summer transfer window pursuing Declan Rice for £105 million.

For a variety of reasons, Mikel Arteta was more than willing to spend an arm and a leg to acquire the West Ham midfielder. In the absence of Grant Xhaka, who departed for Bayer Leverkusen, the Gunners manager was eager to add the England international’s leadership to the team, in addition to his exceptional technical ability.Rice assumed the role of West Ham’s captain for the entire 2022/23 season. However, prior to that, he had considerable experience holding the armband as vice-captain for Mark Noble in east London. It is said that Arteta has advocated for Rice to be the future captain of Arsenal.After years of receiving acclaim at the club level for his mindset, temperament, and ability to lead a locker room, Rice’s prowess has since been acknowledged internationally with England. Mail Sport reports that Rice has been elevated to the senior leadership group of England, providing additional support for Arteta’s hypothesis that he may eventually don the insignia for the Gunners.


A committee comprising a curated cohort of players assumes the responsibility of a commander throughout international breaks. Southgate considers the Arsenal superstar, along with captain Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker, and Jordan Henderson, to be the most senior member of the Three Lions squad.


Rice continues to be a consistent member of the England squad and a first-name contributor to the team roster. The promotion might allay Rice’s concerns regarding his spot in Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad.The 24-year-old midfielder, who is widely regarded as one of the best in the Premier League, stated that “nothing is certain” in regards to his chances of reaching the final 23-man roster.”Before entering a significant tournament, one must be physically fit, prepared, and well-organized. As he stated, I believe this squad is the shortest of the entire tournament; during the World Cup, it consisted of 26 players, and it is evident that the squad now drops to 23.


“In order to be selected for that, you must perform at your highest level. Therefore, I have no doubt that the guys will make every effort to board the plane to Germany.”