Declan Rice

“I believe we’re on to big things here”- Declan Rice comments on choosing Arsenal over Manchester City last summer

Declan Rice explains choosing Arsenal over Manchester City, addresses rivalry with Rodri

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice comments on why he chose the Gunners over Manchester City

Arsenal splashed out 105 million pounds last summer and pipped Manchester City in the race for Declan Rice. The England international has now revealed why he decided to move to the Emirates instead of joining Pep Guardiola’s side.

Both City and Arsenal were tangled in a bidding war for Rice. However, once the Gunners raised their bid to 105 million pounds, City pulled out of the race. Rice also personally chose to join Mikel Arteta’s team. Explaining his choice, the ex-West Ham man told The Athletic:

“This project seemed more exciting and that’s why I chose to come to Arsenal, because I believe we’re on to big things here.”

Rice, since moving to the Emirates has become a crucial player for Arteta’s side. He has so far scored six goals and has provided nine assists in 48 appearances across competitions for Arsenal.

Arsenal star Declan Rice reflects on rivalry with Rodri

Arsenal’s Declan Rice has often been compared to Manchester City ace Rodri. Many believe both players are kind of similar in how they operate. Had Rice joined City, he would have been part of a same midfield as Rodri, who is now considered among the best in the world in his position.

Rice has now reflected on the comparison between the duo and has highlighted how they are different players despite the evident similarities. He said (via The Athletic):

“I enjoy it. We’re different players, I feel. With Rodri, he was born in Spain, he’s always been a natural No 6. You can just tell by the way he plays that he’s worked under Pep [Guardiola] for so long. He’s a lot more structured than I am. I’d say I’m a lot more off-the-cuff. Obviously, this season I’ve been more structured. But in terms of the way I play, I feel like…being free a little bit more. There are different things that we complement each other on – but no doubt, he’s the best in the world.”

Rice himself, though, has been turning heads with his performances. He has played both as a number 6 and as a number 8 for Arsenal, demonstrating his versatility as a player.

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