Arteta could complete Arsenal midfield with £45m star who Rice loves

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal could solidify their midfield with one £45m player. After a slow start to the season that saw them just edge past Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace before drawing at home to Fulham

Arsenal have managed to fight their way to the top of the Premier League table.

Their last-gasp win over Luton Town on Tuesday and Manchester City’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday

Means that the Gunners go into this weekend’s action six points clear of the treble-winners in fourth place.

The whole squad seems to have gone up a few gears in recent weeks – well, maybe not between the sticks

But if there is one player who has come to define this new, more mature version of Arsenal more than any other, it is Declan Rice.

The all-action midfielder has arguably been Mikel Arteta’s best player this season,

And so fans should be excited to hear that the club could sign him a new partner,

That he described only last month as one of the best professionals I’ve ever seen, in the form Kalvin Phillips.

Arsenal want to sign Kalvin Phillips

According to reports from Spain (via CaughtOffside), Arsenal are interested in adding some more tenacity and solidity to their midfield in 2024

As they look to press on with their title challenge, and the Manchester City midfielder is on their radar of potential recruits.

The defending champions signed the 28-year-old from Leeds United in the summer of 2022 for a fee of around £45m,

But since then, he has only started five games across all competitions and come off the bench just 24 times, per Transfermarkt.

Not much has been said about how much a deal for the England international would cost,

But with how City have sold in the past and Arsenal’s new position as a direct rival with them,

It would be surprising to see him leave for less than what they paid to sign him in the first place.

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