Arsenal tipped as ‘title favourites’ if they can land Man United target

Jack Wilshere has claimed that Arsenal would be ‘title favourites’ if they struck a deal to sign Declan Rice from West Ham.

The Gunners have been making moves this summer, filling the three holes in the squad by bringing in Ben White to replace David Luiz, Albert Sambi Lokonga to cover the departure of Dani Ceballos, and Nuno Tavares brought in as cover for Kieran Tierney.

We are still lacking a replacement for the departed Martin Odegaard, but it is the defensive midfield role which Jack Wilshere believes we could make vast improvements, especially as he claims that Declan Rice arriving with the team would go as far as to make them favourites to win the upcoming Premier League campaign.

“Whoever signs Declan Rice becomes title favourites,” Wilshere told TalkSPORT’s Preview Show on YouTube. “I would include Arsenal in that. If they had Partey and Rice next to each other and let the front five run wild. I mean it.”

Jack was then asked to name the fee needed to complete such a deal, and he guessed: “£80m”.

I’m not sure I’d go as far as to make us title favourites, as our front line has hardly given us reason to trust in them over the past year or so, but I certainly wouldn’t complain if we were to eye a deal for Rice, who would no doubt bring improvement.

I’d still want either a striker or another attacking midfielder added to the current squad, or both, but it would definitely help us get closer to where we want to be.

With our current squad and Rice, how close would you expect us to be to the title this season?

Patrick

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15 Comments

  1. Thumper says:

    “Whoever signs Declan Rice becomes title favourites.’

    If only it was that simple.

    1. jon fox says:

      “If only it” -OR WILSHERE – “was that simple”. I would suggest WILSHERE is being SIMPLE.

      1. Dan kit says:

        Very simple !

  2. Arsenal2win says:

    Jack is right, but I believe we should go 4 a cheaper Kalvin Philips + Maddison/Aouar + Onana + the Genk striker Paul Onuachu. If we add these players 2 what we already have, EPL is ours. But I wonder why I’m better than Arteta, Edu & the board. I think I should be made a scout in Arsenal.

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      I agree

  3. A J says:

    Jack’s on the wacky backy !

  4. A J says:

    Lingard rumour gaining a head of steam !

    Can’t stand the fella, but was on fire at WHU.

    If we think we’re upping the anti with Leicester here , I bet they couldn’t give a toss !

  5. PJ-SA says:

    If we signed Kalvin Phillips to partner Partey….no there’s a quality base to your midfield.

    Also, I think Jacks on the bottle.

  6. Chuma Ikeazor says:

    Top 6. We need serious managerial surgery from the ownership to the two rookies in charge of running things. Wenger’earlier mistakes are being repeated, for example, Martinez and now Willock.

  7. Reggie says:

    Declan Rice is a very very good player but we wont be getting him. I wish him or Bissouma but i dont see either coming unless there is a miracle.

  8. guy says:

    Agree Rice is an excellent player although inferior to Kalvin Phillips, but we won’t get either, although even if we did it wouldn’t even get us top 4. Willshere has now officially joined my list of ex-Arsenal players whose comments I can never take seriously (he joins Merson and Kevin Campbell)

    1. jon fox says:

      Well Guy, Wilshere was never exactly the sharpest tool in the box, was he!
      Had his intellect matched his natural ability aged 16 he would still be playing at top level and an England regular.

      His constant injuries were self inflicted by an immature lifestyle , smoking and stupidly throwing himself into 40/60 tackles while being a titch Not a brain to impress anyone, I’d say!

  9. RSH says:

    we need attackers that can actually score as well. seems we’ll be relying on pepe this season for the bulk of our goals. cause Lacazette and Auba are not the answers.

  10. Sirjoe says:

    What is Jack Wilshire smoking?

  11. Peter Nealon says:

    Jack is off his head on so many levels. As for Rice, he can only pass sideways or backwards – a waste of £100m plus. Give Chelsea £30-£40m for Gilmour and use the balance on other starters.

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