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Declan Rice aims thinly-veiled dig at former West Ham boss David Moyes after Arsenal move

Declan Rice aims thinly-veiled dig at former West Ham boss David Moyes after Arsenal move

Rice has spoken about his Arsenal move.

New Arsenal star Declan Rice appeared to aim a thinly-veiled dig at West Ham manager David Moyes when discussing his opening days at the Gunners.

Rice moved to the Emirates Stadium in July, completing a British-record £105 million move across London.

The 24-year-old had been identified as Arsenal's priority target in January, and despite several rejected offers and late interest from Manchester City, the Gunners hierarchy managed to get the deal over the line after an improved proposal prompted by City's bid.

Rice made his debut for Arsenal with a 25-minute cameo appearance in their 5-0 pre-season friendly win over MLS All Stars.

He then started the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

His signing is intended to help Arsenal pursue the Premier League title once again, having finished second to City last term.

Failing that, Rice will want to lift a trophy with Mikel Arteta's side in his first season - something he achieved with West Ham in June by winning the Europa Conference League.

Now, the England international has spoken about his first weeks as an Arsenal player - and made reference to his time at West Ham.

Rice on Arteta, Moyes

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Rice discussed how his outlook on football has already changed by working under Arteta.

He explained: "I'm already seeing football in a completely different way.

"You think you know football growing up and when you play, but when you meet managers like Mikel, you realise you don't really know anything about football."

Rice can certainly expect a change in tactical style at Arsenal under Arteta compared to what he was used to at West Ham - but there is a link between the two managers.

As a player, Arteta spent six years at Everton between 2005 and 2011 under the management of Moyes. There, the Spaniard honed his coaching credentials and footballing experiences further.

Rice had a good relationship with Moyes and praised him on several occasions in the past. Whether his comments might irk the Scottish boss, though, remains to be seen.

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Topics: Declan Rice, David Moyes, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, West Ham United, Premier League