Declan Rice thinks he’ll improve “tenfold” after leaving West Ham for Arsenal and has asked Hammers fans for their understanding.

As if the Declan Rice saga was not enough to bear for West Ham fans this summer transfer window, the new Arsenal signing has barely stopped giving interviews since it was finally completed.

The dust has slowly started to settle on Rice’s British transfer record £105m move from West Ham to Arsenal.

And the midfielder has wasted little time going on the charm offensive for his new teammates, manager and fanbase. As has to be expected of course.

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Declan Rice thinks he’ll improve “tenfold” after leaving West Ham for Arsenal and asks Hammers fans for understanding

Rice has already claimed he has noticed a huge difference between the Hammers and Gunners – besides the fact one of the London rivals won a European trophy last season while the other ended the campaign empty-handed.

The ex West Ham captain delivered a damning indictment of David Moyes with a brutally honest assessment of his switch from Arsenal to West Ham earlier this week.

Now he’s been speaking above his move yet again in a lengthy interview with The Athletic.

Now Rice says he thinks he can improve “tenfold” after leaving West Ham for Arsenal and asks Hammers fans for their understanding.

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‘I genuinely felt the love… I never want them to think any differently’

“I am not going to learn it (Mikel Arteta’s methods) in two weeks — it is going to take some time — but once I have got it, once I add the stuff he wants to my game along with my qualities, hopefully I can improve tenfold,” Rice said.

“Let’s see where it takes me…

“Mikel is like a complete opposite end (to the managers he worked with at West Ham) in terms of the way he sees football and the way he wants to play…

“I genuinely felt the love of the (West Ham) fans. That’s how I see them as well, I never want them to think any differently.

“When an opportunity arises that you can play Champions League football, compete for the title, work with Mikel, I’m sure the fans understand you get one career and you need to try and maximise that.”


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