Arsenal ‘crying out for’ this England international’s talents

Paul Merson has claimed that Arsenal should battle with Chelsea to sign Declan Rice from West Ham this summer.

The 21 year-old has become a household name after a series of impressive displays for both club and country, and he has since been linked with moves to Manchester United and more recently, Chelsea.

The Blues are said to be eyeing a move for his signature this summer, but former Arsenal and England midfielder thinks that Arsenal would be crazy not to make their own move.

Merson said: “Chelsea have been linked with him, but I don’t know why Arsenal aren’t looking at Declan Rice.

“Arsenal are crying out for a holding midfield player. They don’t need a midfielder who’s going to be on the edge of the opposition box, they need a disciplined defensive midfielder, who is going to sit in front of the back four and organise the side; one who, when he gets the ball, gives it simple with 10-yard passes.”

Our side is expected to make additions this summer, with Mikel Arteta expected to be allowed to bring in some players to suit his new philosophy, and he could well have his transfer budget boosted by the thoroughly reported sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

We put it to you at JustArsenal that we could already have two options already ready to step-up and chip in the goals which we would lose due to the Gabon international’s departure, which would allow us to concentrate on other areas of the team instead.

Our midfield wouldn’t be the worst place to start considering Saliba is already on his way this summer, but would Rice be a good place to spend a large chunk of our budget?


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  1. I like the idea of either Rice, Partley or Ndidi protecting the back 4. Big summer ahead for us as I feel we are going to need 4/5 good signing to get any near the top 4. Sell Lacazette, Torriera,Mki, Bellerin,Elneny, Soctratis and Niles to build some funds. Bring in a Rb DM AM and a winger. Leno Munier Mustafi Saliba Tierney Rice Xhaka Grealish Zaha Pepe Abameyang with a bench of Martinez Holding Chambers Gunendouzi Ozil Nelson Saka Martinelli gives us a nice blend of youth and experience.

  2. Excellent player I’d like to see at Arsenal but there won’t be any incomings this summer in my opinion.

  3. The basic problem with all “who is coming /who is leaving” articles right now, is that the whole football landscape -and the worlds economy too, which is of course linked,in its forced limitations – is now utterly changed and one of the major changes is that such as Auba may well never play another game in our shirt. He almost certainly will not IMO.

    If we wish to sell him and maximise his transfer fee, we are already probably too late to get much at all, if anything. We need to sell him this summmer but who will buy him or wish to spend big money with no foreseeable date ahead to restart football? And Auba is just one of many too!
    This will apply to all clubs and we will lose some situations but be able to win others. In the next period of probably a few years ahead, the most successful clubs will be the ones best able to wheel and deal in these unusual and difficult times and who have the best thinkers and negotiators at the helm.
    Thank the Lord above then that we no longer have GAZIDIS. Had that calamitous “Jonah” still been in charge, we would have been strong relegation candidates, probably the season after next, whenever that long off time actually comes around. If you throw or give away all your best tools as GAZIDIS WAS SO GUILTY OF DOING, no manager on earth, not even our own wonderful Arteta, will save you from relegation. We will now find out how skilled our regime are as negotiators and on them depends our future success, obviously together with MA and the players we keep.

  4. This is how ARSENAL should line up next season… Leno. Cedric, Mari, Saliba, Saka, Rice, Fekir, Lemar, Pepe, Griezmann, Correa… With the bench of Martinez, Holding, Tierney, Martinelli, Luiz, Sokratis, Niles, Nketiah, Torreira, Guendozie, Barnes, Chillwell, Jota…. Then Arsenal can hit the ground again.

    1. You omitted Ozil from the team sheet as well as the reserves/subs. You could be right as he is invisible throughout the season so lets put him in the playing 11,no one will see him nor will it matter.

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