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Declan Rice reveals biggest challenge in Arsenal career so far with £105m transfer admission

Declan Rice reveals biggest challenge in Arsenal career so far with £105m transfer admission

Arsenal’s standout player, Declan Rice, openly acknowledges the immense pressure he faces in meeting the hefty £105 million valuation attached to him following his transfer from West Ham to the London club.

This substantial move, setting a new record fee, has put him under considerable scrutiny.

The considerable investment raised concerns, particularly due to the underwhelming performance of the prior record signing, Nicolas Pepe. Yet, in Rice, Arsenal seems to have secured a player who perfectly matches their expectations.

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His all-rounded abilities on and off the field, coupled with his leadership qualities, have proven to be exactly what the team sought.

Rice has already impressed fans with stellar displays in Premier League matches against formidable opponents like Manchester City and Manchester United.

Some enthusiasts even consider his transfer from West Ham as a “bargain” given his impactful contributions thus far and the promising years he is set to spend at the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his time so far, Rice said: “To be honest with you, there’s been a lot of challenges so far. I’d say probably the biggest one that stands out for me and for the general public as well is the price tag, having to live up to the big money that Arsenal paid for me.

“Just mentally, as a player, dealing with that and knowing you have to go and perform, knowing you have to go out week in and week out and prove why the club’s spent so much money on you.”

The immense pressure of his price tag hasn’t noticeably affected his performances. In fact, it’s rarely cited as a negative point against his on-field displays. Rice attributes his self-assurance as a crucial factor in overcoming doubts and handling the pressures associated with the price tag. He remains confident and anticipates further development, both for himself and his contributions to Arsenal.

He continued: “Do you know what? For me, I’ve always been confident. I’ve always had the belief in my ability that I can go out and make that price worthwhile. To be honest, I also don’t think about it too much. I think that’s why so far I’ve got off to life at Arsenal so good.

“It’s just because I’ve not let anything else stress me to be honest, I’ve just focused on my football, focused on what the manager’s wanted of me. And also I’ve been really lucky with my teammates, the staff; everyone around here who’s made me feel really comfortable.”

Declan Rice reveals biggest challenge in Arsenal career so far with £105m transfer admission

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