Arsenal legend Pat Rice presented with MBE

The 63-year-old made over 500 appearances for the Gunners and helped the club win seven major titles while he was assistant manager to Arsene Wenger from 1996 to 2012

Arsenal legend Pat Rice has been awarded with an MBE at Buckhingham Palace by the Queen in a ceremony on Wednesday.

Forty-four years of the Northern Irishman’s life have been spent at Arsenal after appearing in 528 matches as a player before joining Arsene Wenger’s coaching staff.

From 1984 until 1996 the former right-back helped coach in the Gunners’ youth setup before briefly taking over as the first-team’s caretaker manager.

Rice became Wenger’s assistant when the Frenchman took over and he remained in that role until he retired in 2012 after helping the club win seven major titles.

His inclusion in the New Year Honours List is a reward for his contribution to Arsenal and football as a whole. 

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