Declan Rice sent a message to Arsenal fans after making his Emirates debut as Mikel Arteta dropped a hint over how he will be deployed this season.

Rice impressed in the Emirates Cup clash against Monaco on Wednesday, with the Gunners lifting the trophy after winning a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

The England international, who arrived in a £105m deal from West Ham this summer, played 62 minutes with 90 per cent passing accuracy.

He had a total of 48 touches, including five passes into the final third, with four duels won, two tackles made and two recoveries.

Blown away by the reception I received before the game!’ Rice posted on Twitter after the match.

Loved my first minutes at the Emirates, We keep building & pushing. Thank you Gunners.’

Arsenal manager Arteta, meanwhile, was quizzed about Rice after the game and said: ‘He played more advanced today.



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