4 most important Arsenal signings under Mikel Arteta

  • Arteta has brought plenty of players to the club but there are just a few who have been of such high importance

Mikel Arteta has made some crucial signings since becoming Arsenal manager
Mikel Arteta has made some crucial signings since becoming Arsenal manager / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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4. Declan Rice

Declan Rice
Declan Rice is already a clear fan favourite at Arsenal / MB Media/GettyImages

Declan Rice joined Arsenal last July from West Ham United for a club record fee of £105m and he is already one of Arteta's most important signings. He has made 39 appearances and scored six goals for the club so far.

While not like-for-like players, many view Rice as the replacement for Granit Xhaka who left the club last summer. Not only has the England international filled the void left by Xhaka in the midfield, he has also filled the void left in the hearts of fans. He has emulated the commanding leader presence of the Swiss very well so far.

Rice has already shown that he will step up in big games having scored crucial goals against Manchester United and Chelsea this season. He has also had other big moments for the Gunners, most notably his late winner against Luton Town in December.

Fans already love Declan Rice and this love seems to be growing every time he makes an appearance. Despite being less than a year into his Arsenal career, he already looks like he could be a future club legend and thus there is no doubt in any fan's mind that Rice is one of the important signings Mikel Arteta has made for the club.