Declan Rice didn't cost Arsenal what you think he did: Why the signing of the season is cost-effective, too

Arsenal star Declan Rice poses following his signing for the Gunners in the summer of 2023.
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Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice cost a club-record £105 million when he joined from West Ham United last summer – but he might actually work out to be cheaper in the long-run than fans thought.

Rice has been a huge hit at the Emirates Stadium, spearheading the Gunners' title assault and being one of the standout players in his position in the world this term. With six strikes in the league, too, he's chipping in unexpectedly with goals – while Rice has reinvented himself to become a set-piece specialist, too.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.