With the final approval from the Gunners’ camp, the statement will put an end to months of speculation as Arsenal secures their top long-term transfer priority.
A number of people involved, including the 24-year-old’s manager, David Moyes, alluded to being unaware of the date of the agreement.
The Hammers’ Europa Conference League-winning manager claimed he received most of his updates on the deal’s development from Sky Sports while on media duties for the club as they begin their pre-season tour in Australia.
‘I’ve simply been listening to Sky and getting my news from Sky,’ Moyes joked. ‘I don’t know anything about it. You (journalists) seem to know more about it than I do and to get the news faster. So I’m eager to hear what you have to say.’We can’t plan anything till it’s finished. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.’Everyone is aware of the issue, and we are all waiting for something to happen. I believe you claimed it was completed two weeks ago, and it is still not completed.’
West Ham already dropped a huge indication regarding the player’s future with the release of their new Umbro shirt, which did not include any images of the future club legend.
When asked about the transaction as his team finished training in Germany, Arteta was similarly tight-lipped.’At the moment, we are working with the group of players who are here,’ stated Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
‘We have nothing to announce at this time, but you will be the first to know when we do.’
West Ham have previously grown frustrated with Arsenal over the deal’s slow progress, but completion today would not only free up an exorbitant windfall to supercharge the east London club’s transfer intentions, but would also allow Rice to join his new team for their upcoming tour.