Declan Rice: Arsenal Fans Open Fundraiser to Pay West Ham Extra £25M for England Star

Declan Rice: Arsenal Fans Open Fundraiser to Pay West Ham Extra £25M for England Star

Elijah Odetokun
updated at December 7, 2023 at 7:52 AM
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  • Declan Rice has gotten off to a flying start to life as an Arsenal player
  • Rice joined from West Ham for a British player record of £105 million
  • Arsenal fans feel they robbed his former club despite paying a hefty fee

Arsenal fans love Declan Rice so much that they are feeling very generous and want to pay his former club, West Ham, extra money to top his transfer fee.

Rice has gotten off to a flying start as an Arsenal player and is putting up top performances expected of a marquee signing and scoring crucial goals.

Declan Rice, David Raya, Arsenal, Luton Town, Kenilworth Road, Premier league.
Declan Rice celebrates Arsenal's 4-3 win over Luton Town with goalkeeper David Raya. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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Per Sky Sports, the Gunners paid £105 million to the East London club to acquire Rice and bolster their squad, which finished runners-up to Manchester City last season.

The fee was a record for a British player and a Premier League record before it was surpassed by Moises Caicedo, whom Chelsea paid £115mil to sign from Brighton.

Arsenal fans' fundraiser for Rice

Arsenal are top of the Premier League table, two points clear of Liverpool after beating Luton Town 4-3 at Kenilworth Road thanks to a late winner from the 24-year-old midfielder.

The fans enjoyed their new man so much that they decided they underpaid his former club, and per Mirror UK, a fan, Zac Wilson, has set up a GoFundMe to raise more money to send to the Hammers.

“In light of the unfortunate robbery of West Ham United. We are asking Arsenal fans to come together to raise funds for West Ham United to compensate the underpayment of Declan Rice,” the description on the page reads.
“It has become evident in the last 15 weeks that Edu and Arsenal were the beneficiaries of a £25,000,000 underpayment to West Ham United.”

When writing this report, the fundraiser received seven donations and £35, a far reach from its goal of £25mil.

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Rice sets Arsenal record

Sports Brief reported on Rice setting a Premier League record for Arsenal with his long-range strike to start the comeback in the 2-2 draw against rivals Chelsea.

Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez gave the ball away, and Rice fired immediately. The shot, clocked at a distance of 36.6 metres, is the longest by an Arsenal player since records began in the 2006/07 season.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.