Ian Wright reveals he begged Declan Rice to join Arsenal

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has revealed how he begged Declan Rice to join Arsenal from West Ham this summer.

The 24-year-old was announced as an Arsenal player on Saturday, 15th of July 2023 after weeks of expectation. Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United were also said to have shown interest in signing the England midfielder from West Ham.

Sky Sports reports that Rice has signed a five-year deal after Arsenal agreed to pay a club-record £105 million in transfer fees for him to come onboard.

According to Wright, he played part in the defensive midfielder’s blockbuster move to the red side of north London.

Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, the former England striker said; “Everyone was talking about when I went to the England squad, I was tapping him up. Yes I F*g was. Literally, I was begging him!.

I don’t work for the club, I’m an Arsenal fan. I said, ‘look at you and Saka, how cool you look together’, it’s just excitement.”

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