Englan midfielder Declan Rice says Mikel Arteta was a ‘factor’ in his decision to sign for Arsenal this summer.

The 24-year-old’s move to the Emirates was made official on Saturday having said his goodbyes to West Ham United the night before.

Rice was a subject of interest between Arsenal and Manchester City but the latter pulled out of any deal due to West Ham’s £105 million asking price.

Arsenal reached an agreement with the East London side and have their man on a long-term deal but Rice says Arteta had a role to play.

“In football, amazing opportunities arise. Big clubs, like Arsenal, have come for me and it’s really hard to turn down,” said Rice.

“You only ever get one career and I really believe in what Mikel is building here and the squad he’s building. I’m really looking forward to the future with Arsenal.

“For me as a player, I’ve come here really hungry to have more success and to spend my best years at this great club.”

He added: “[Arteta] is a massive factor in why I’ve come here.

“I know he’s going to get the best out of me. I know I’ve got more levels to go up in my game, and I feel like he’s the manager to take me to those next levels.

“I’m really excited to be working with him.”

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