This week Arsenal legend Pat Rice retires from his post as assistant manager. He has been at Arsenal for so many years and has always be an integral cog within the club. He has done so much for Arsenal team as a player, youth team coach, interim manager and assistant manager. He holds the achievement of having taken part in 3 of Arsenal’s doubles as a player and a coach. Something only Bob Wilson shares with him. That Arsenal bench is not going to be the same without Pat sitting there. He is invaluable part of the club.
Pat started playing for Arsenal as an apprentice in 1964, he made it into the first team in 1967 and played a total of 528 games for Arsenal. His position was a right back and he maintained this position throughout his career. He left Arsenal in 1981 at the age of 31 and went to play for Watford. Pat hung up his playing boots in 1984 and returned to Arsenal straight away as a youth team coach. He led our youth team to 2 Fa cup wins and then took over as interim manager for 3 games in which he won all of. When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 Pat Rice was made his assistant and has been in that position ever since.
The Arsenal man has accumulated 48 years at the club. That is loyalty we don’t see often in this day and age. His passion and presence will be sorely missed as well as the knowledge and tatical support he has provided over the years. Pat Rice will forever go down in history as being one of the most amazing men in Arsenal history. He will be missed more than most in our past. I hope he enjoys his retirement and boy does he deserve it.
Thank you for everything you have done for us Pat Rice-We will miss you so much