Pundit Stan Collymore praises Arsenal man Declan Rice after his impact on the squad. Collymore also lauds him by saying Arsenal can replace Odegaard with him as skipper. The Gunners signed the England international in the summer window for £100m from West Ham United. Though, he is standing out on his price-tag so far this season. He dropped another fine display to rescue a win against Luton Town. Moreover, he is now a sure starter for Arteta’s squad.
Collymore was writing on CaughtOffside about the performance of Declan Rice for the North London club. He said,
“Declan Rice has stood up and been counted. He’s not officially the captain of Arsenal, but he is a captain that leads by example. The clean sheets, the fewest goals conceded, the last minute winners… they’re all in Declan Rice’s remit and, for me, he’s been the most compelling summer signing. Bear in mind he cost over £100m and he’s English – that comes with huge pressure, and yet he smiles, laughs and jokes, and he enjoys playing his football.
We’ve barely talked about his price tag, but we do with Jack Grealish because he arguably isn’t living up to it at Manchester City. It seems to be water off a duck’s back to Declan Rice and he’s seamlessly knitted into Arsenal’s midfield as well as helping England to the Euros. Nothing has fazed him.
Pound for pound he’s been the best Premier League buy last summer and I think that it’s inevitable he someday becomes captain. I know that Odegaard is very much liked at the club and by Mikel Arteta, but I do wonder if there was a minor little shift, whether Arteta has a rethink. Watch this space…”
Collymore rightly praised Arsenal star Declan
Stan Collymore made a valid point regarding Rice. Although, Odegaard is doing a pretty sensible job as a keeper this season, Rice can be a leader too. With Arsenal sitting on top of the Premier League table, they will wish to have more players leaving an impact like that of Declan in the game.
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