Arsene Wenger has supported Arsenal
to win the upcoming English Premier League after the Gunners secured the acquisition of Declan Rice from West Ham United on a club-record deal.
The legendary manager believes that the Gunners are now competent in winning the 2023/2024 Premier League title following the new players coach Mikel Arteta has added to the club’s roster.
What happened to Arsenal?
Last season, Arsenal were close to becoming Premier League champions for the first time since 2004, sitting on top of the EPL table for 248 days before ultimately losing their spot to Manchester City with five points behind the current treble-winning team.
However, the North London club led by Mikel Arteta are not messing around in this summer transfer window, signing up some of the European high-profile players.
Declan Rice, the 24-year-old midfielder becomes the Gunner’s latest signing of the summer following the addition of former Chelsea forward Kai Havertz and former Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
The arrival of the former Chelsea academy product was announced on Saturday, 15th of July, after a long pursuit that saw Arsenal fight off interest from fellow League rival Manchester City.
The last season’s Premier League runner-up club paid the Hammers a whopping amount of 105 million pounds for the service of the midfielder, a new record fee for the Premier League powerhouse.
After coming up through the West Ham’s youth system, Rice spent the better part of a decade with the Hammers, making 245 appearances for the first team and ultimately contributing to the club’s first major trophy in 43 years, the Europa Conference League, last season.
Manager Mikel Arteta thinks that signing of the 24-year-old midfielder will be the resolving factor in Arsenal’s quest to win the League for the first time in 20 years.
Arsene Wenger hails Arsenal’s decision to acquire Declan Rice.
The legendary former Arsenal’s head coach Arsene Wenger, the last manager to win the Premier League title with the North London club certainly believes that Rice could be the rescuer.
The 73-year-old French football expert has applauded Arsenal’s decision to demolish the record previously set by Nicholas Pepe who joined the Gunners on a deal reportedly worth 72 million pounds, and predicted that Arteta will eventually break the little hoodoo as a result.
While spending his Sunday watching the Tour de France, Wenger was emphatic about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League.
Speaking to reporters, Arsene Wenger said: “I think it is a good investment. Overall, personally, I think they have made good buys as they are players who are now mature, 23, 24, and still young so can stay together for a few years”.
Wenger was questioned about whether or not he would have paid such a high price for the English midfielder.
He replied: “If I had the money why not? I had to cope with no money at all so you have to find a different way”.
However, Arsenal are in a strong financial position now and have made the purchases they believe would secure them the Premier League title.
After last year’s success, they’ll be under much more strain, but they’ve learned a lot and can prove they can handle it.
Arsene Wenger’s time with Arsenal.
Wenger led Arsenal to their last Premier League championship, during the ‘invincibles’ season of 2003–2004. Now that the new players have arrived, Arteta will try to lead the club to the same level of success as his predecessor.
Wenger is widely considered one of the best managers in Arsenal’s history, having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the club.
What’s next for Declan Rice and Arsenal?
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has named a 27-man squad for the club’s preseason tour of the United States. The Gunners’ schedule for the month of July includes matches against the MLS All-Star XI, Manchester United, Barcelona, and Monaco.
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