Declan Rice is one of the most sought-after midfielders in the Premier League right now. Arsenal is the team that is leading the race to recruit the Three Lions player. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have submitted their first offer to West Ham United.
Arsenal’s £80m offer was quickly turned down. West Ham United want to collect at least £100 million on the negotiating table. Arsenal did not give up. The London team will send a new offer to West Ham.
Recent moves show how much Mikel Arteta craves for Rice’s signature. The 24-year-old midfielder is capable of playing well in the No. 6 or No. 8 position. Performance in the 2-2 draw between West Ham and Arsenal proves Rice’s worth.
In the 33rd minute, Rice approached Thomas Partey, regaining control of the ball before passing Lucas Paqueta into the Arsenal penalty area. Gabriel Magalhaes awkwardly fouled Paqueta.
The referee immediately awarded West Ham a penalty. Said Benrahma made no mistake on the penalty spot, thereby shortening the score to 1-2 for West Ham.
That ball shows why Arsenal are so close to Rice. The midfielder in 1999 possesses the ability to read situations, the power to dispute, press, and coordinate well with the surrounding satellites….
Initially, Rice played as a central defender. The English star thrived when he took on the role of an anchor midfielder. The promotion helped Rice’s transfer value increase exponentially.
Statistical data proves that Rice is more and more perfect. According to Sky Sports, in the 2022/2023 season, Rice has a total of 334 successful ball recoveries, the most in the Premier League. The second is Rodri of Man City.
Rice also topped the tackles with 63 successful attempts, the most in the Premier League last season.
Those qualities promise to help Rice become the ideal number 6 in Arteta’s tactical system. “As his career progresses, Rice will become the perfect No. 6,” said coach David Moyes.
With Thomas Partey quite susceptible to injury, Arteta needed a quality addition in midfield. Rice emerged as a possible target.
At 24, Rice has a long way to go. According to statistics, the Three Lions player has participated in a total of 93% of West Ham’s matches in the Premier League throughout the past 5 seasons.
That figure of Partey is 71% throughout the last three seasons in an Arsenal shirt. Arteta knew full well that he couldn’t rely 100% on Partey’s feet. The Gunners immediately took action when they signed Jorginho in January.
That’s still not enough for Arsenal. Arteta needs a strong midfielder who can control the game to compete in many different arenas.
Rice promises to become the perfect piece for Arteta’s tactical system. “He has the ability to disrupt the opponent’s play. Now, Rice is more confident in holding the ball, moving the ball forward,” said coach Gareth Southgate.
The ability to press opponents, put pressure on the opponent is another strong point of Rice. The English midfielder gradually perfected his impressive skill set. In the match against Gent in the Europa Conference League, Rice led the ball deep from home, past 3 defenders before tearing Gent’s net.
Rice’s ability to increase attack support is becoming more and more perfect. The English midfielder promises to help strengthen the Arsenal midfield. In the West Ham shirt, Rice combined with Said Benrahma and Lucas Paqueta to create a powerful drill.
The above data shows that Rice is a worthy target for Arsenal. 24 year old star promises to add squad depth in the midfield.
Mr. Nguyen | 12:11 06/17/2023