Declan Rice gives honest assessment of Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea

Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw against Chelsea this evening, overcoming a two-goal deficit to split the points in the fixture.

Mikel Arteta’s team entered the game with hopes of securing back-to-back wins after defeating Manchester City prior to the international break. However, Chelsea, who were also in fine form, was not going to allow the Gunners to dominate them.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side began the match brightly and created various problems for Arsenal, taking an early lead and extending it in the second half.

Arsenal had difficulty getting into the game until about 20 minutes before the match concluded when they managed to score two goals, preventing their first defeat of the season.

After the game, Declan Rice acknowledged that their first-half performance was lacklustre.

The Englishman said to Sky Sports:

“First half from us the worst we’ve played this season in terms of sloppiness. But massive credit to Chelsea, the manager said they had been unlucky this season and they made it difficult for us.

“To show heart and character, it is not easy when 2-0 down. It’s about having that fight and mindset, pushing the team on and making sure everyone has belief. It was a good comeback.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Rice is very candid with his assessment of the game because we truly were too slow to get into our groove and could easily have lost the match.


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  1. The former West Ham man is my player of the match,
    Have watched lots of football games worldwide and am yet to see a player with a better timing than Declan Rice in recent times.

    His interceptions are on another level

  2. I did not think Rice had a particularly effective game at all. He tried hard as he always does and took his goal well from their keepers howler.
    But overall, I thought MARTINELLI BY FAR OUR BEST PLAYER.

  3. Arteta should just let Partey go and as we all know, he’ll never sign another African player again in his remaining years at Arsenal.
    By the time he leaves, he’ll have killed the Arsenal brand in Africa. Just like his mentor, Pep, he’s inexplicably uncomfortable with players from the continent. He’ll work with Africans from Europe, South America and other parts of the world but not Africa. He has his eyes squarely on the big picture. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼Big ups Amigo. Moi bien.

    1. You mean the same Partey he signed? the one presently managed back from a recurring injury? false claims there bruv.

    2. What’s the big picture Mohlanka and why, exactly, would MA not want to work with African players specifically from Africa?

      1. All i know ken, is we miss Partey in midfield!!! I do wonder what is going on though. He was fit to come on against City, did well, he played for Ghana and (against some reports) came back uninjured.

  4. Well done Declan, surely the only summer signing moving fast. i must admit he was also one of the poor players at HT and early second half but made up for it with a cool headed taken goal from range. his leadership shone through.

  5. The last half of the second half de.onstarates that we must back our clear mindset with determination and action

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