Mikel Arteta stated Declan Rice “dominated the sport” throughout Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday Night time Soccer, whereas Jamie Carragher described the £105m midfielder’s efficiency as “excellent”.
After beginning on the left of a midfield diamond towards Nottingham Forest final weekend, the 24-year-old started in a single pivot for Arsenal’s journey throughout London and was key as his aspect defended with 10 gamers for the ultimate half-hour to safe three factors and a hard-fought clear sheet.
In addition to shielding the again 4 and retaining possession, the England worldwide made a number of well-timed runs ahead and may have had a first-half help after setting Eddie Nketiah clear.
Talking to Sky Sports activities about Rice’s efficiency after the sport, Arsenal boss Arteta stated: “I assumed he was incredible. He actually dominated the sport. To ask him to do one thing new, I assumed he was incredible.”
Sky Sports activities pundit Carragher added: “Declan Rice was the very best participant on the pitch.
“I truly like him within the position he performed tonight greater than popping up between the traces. His preliminary place was to start out in that deeper place and drive ahead from it. I feel that’s the place he’s at his greatest.
“He has talked about studying from the supervisor, taking part in additional ahead, perhaps taking part in in pockets. I do not assume it totally fits him however I actually favored what I noticed.
“It felt like the whole lot went by way of him. He was within the centre of the pitch, he was getting the ball, he was switching play – a few nice 50 to 60-yard passes.
“But additionally when he made that run, he slipped slightly go to Nketiah. He was the very best participant on the pitch. I assumed he was excellent.”
Rice: I’ve discovered a lot
Talking exclusively to Sky Sports in July, Rice defined how he’s “already seeing soccer in a totally completely different means” at Arsenal and reiterated that assertion to the Monday Night time Soccer panel after the match.
“In opposition to Nottingham Forest we performed a diamond in midfield and I used to be on the left of the diamond and tonight I used to be the one pivot so I dropped again one spot,” Rice stated.
“However within the final 4 weeks I’ve discovered a lot, I’m studying alternative ways of taking part in the place, continually on the transfer, studying how we construct up, studying how we play as a workforce.
“I’m actually making an attempt to check myself as a result of to play for Arsenal, to play on the high stage, that you must be top-of-the-line and I’m desirous to continue learning and maintain flourishing.”
Nev: Rice not but in similar class as Keane and Vieira
Talking earlier than kick-off at Selhurst Park, Gary Neville stated Rice can’t but be in comparison with Premier League legends Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.
“What I feel he brings to Arsenal’s midfield is energy, persona and physicality,” Neville stated. “[Michael] Essien introduced that to Chelsea. That, for me, could be a greater instance of what I see him as.
“Essien was a superb participant, I assumed he was excellent, however he was the facility in there for 3 or 4 years. Personally, I would not put Rice within the class of Keane and Vieira.
“I simply assume they have been so particular and Declan is not wherever close to that stage but. For me, £105m, you need targets and assists too. However that is the best way the market has shifted.”
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