Premier League Arsenal’s Declan Rice wins at London Football Awards

Declan Rice was named Premier League Player of the Year at the 2024 London Football Awards.

The Arsenal midfielder has been recognised for his displays for both West Ham United and ourselves over the course of the past year, either side of his summer switch to Emirates Stadium, and follows in the footsteps of Martin Odegaard who claimed the award last year.

Declan ended his time at the Hammers on a huge high, as he became just the second player to skipper the club to a European trophy after Bobby Moore when he played a huge part in their UEFA Europa Conference League success in June.

Since swapping east for north London the following month, he has gone on to net four goals and lay on six assists to quickly make an impression at Emirates Stadium, netting last-gasp winners against Manchester United and Luton Town as well as a Goal of the Month contender on his first return to the London Stadium earlier this month.

All that saw him take the accolade ahead of former and current teammates Jarrod Bowen and William Saliba, as well as Tottenham Hotspur duo Guglielmo Vicario and Pedro Porro.

Speaking on-stage at the event, Declann said: “Since I’ve walked through the doors [at Arsenal] I’ve loved every single moment of it. I was at West Ham for 10 years and it’s such a big change with the environment, life, a different manager and different friends, so my thinking was just to go there and be myself.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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