Declan Rice can be “Xhaka and Partey” for Arsenal says former Spurs legend

Every day, we hear something new about what Arsenal’s record signing, Declan Rice, will bring to Arteta’s project.

Teddy Sheringham, a former Tottenham Hotspur striker, believes Declan Rice will open up Arsenal’s attacking approach.

Sheringham believes Arsenal’s No. 41’s versatility and evident technical ability, which allow him to play the position Partey and Xhaka did last season, might be useful for attacking-minded players like Martin Odegaard, who can then focus on being ruthless in attack.

“I think that Declan Rice is a fantastic player that will make Arsenal much better. He can come into the team and perform the roles of two players — he can be Xhaka and Partey in one for Arsenal, and that frees up their creative players to really hurt teams,” said Sheringham on Lord Ping.

“You can see how his addition will make Odegaard an even more dangerous player. He will open up Arsenal’s attacking potential even more. I think he is a fantastic acquisition for Arsenal, unfortunately.”

Odegaard had his greatest season at Arsenal last season, with 15 goals and 7 assists in 37 games; the idea that he can improve on those figures next season should blow Gooners away.

Last season, the Gunners scored the most goals in a single league season (88). However, that wasn’t enough, as failing to score goals when it mattered, such as against Southampton and West Ham in April, caused them to lose some games that would have helped them win the league. If Rice can improve the Gunners’ attack efficiency by providing some balance to the midfield, it is safe to say that Arsenal will be dangerous next season.

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  1. I believe he can play Xhaka role even better because he is a ball carrier but it will take time to perfect Partey role because I don’t think he can really control the tempo of the game like Boss partey

  2. Excuse me, where are Jon Fox and Sue? I’ve not seen the comments of Jon Fox for sometimes now to read. And those of Sue too I haven’t seen to read for a very very longtime now. I hope they are all hail and hearty.

    1. Yep I too was wondering where they went! People seem to disappear after awhile, I’ve been on this site for about 12 years and it’s only @GAI I remember from back then.

  3. I agree with Sheringham, but Xhaka’s position seems to be taken by Havertz, Smith-Rowe and Trossard. Based on the pre-season games, Rice would most likely play CDM

  4. He’s spot on when you see that Rice’s interception stats last season were around double that of Partey’s and Xhaka’s combined!

  5. Teddy Sheringham is right, though I think Thomas Partey position is a little trickier.
    But his general arguments are spot on but it reinforces the point Arsenal needs another mobile and physical midfielder.

    It is for this reason I think Arsenal should go for Lavia, he’s the final peice to complete Arsenal jigsaw puzzle in midfield.

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