Declan Rice lays the blame for Arsenal’s defeat on incompetence in front of the goal

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has blamed a lack of clinical finishing for their loss to Lens in the Champions League last night as Mikel Arteta’s side lost their second game back in the competition.

Arsenal were full of confidence before that fixture and were keen to make a statement with a win in France.

However, they missed several chances to put the game to bed and eventually paid when Lens grew in confidence and turned the game on its head.

After the game, a devastated Rice said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘We missed some big chances. 

‘It’s a great finish for their first goal and the second one we created with our own problems. 

‘I thought we totally dominated the match but they are not an easy opponent. We had to be on it but it was just that final bit that was lacking. 

‘Credit to them. They defended very well and some of their centre-backs had some amazing performances.’

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When you miss your chances, you expose yourself to losing a game and that was exactly what our players did.

As we failed to take the chances we created, Lens grew in confidence and deservedly scored twice to take all three points.

It is the worst way to prepare for a weekend game against Manchester City. Hopefully, our players will recover mentally and play well against the Citizens.


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  1. And look at what Newcastle did to PSG, what a result! Played with passion, purpose and most importantly a game plan.

    No passengers in that team.

    1. Although Newcastle were up against a tougher team on paper, they were at home, and effectively playing against 7 when attacking as PSG’s front 4 didn’t defend.

      So if you’re talking passengers, I would loved it if Lens at 4 passengers like PSG. Would have been a much easier game for us.

    2. I agree with your last comment
      I’d put Lens supporters in the same category as Newcastle and both played with the passion you describe

    3. The fact that Newcastle were missing 3-4 first team players makes the win even better Pj-SA always said I would love Howe at Arsenal and that still applies .

  2. Rice is to be blamed? He was hard working all the time. Everytime the ball was moving from RB, Zinchenko was clueless. The answer is wrong tactic.

  3. Like i also said yesterday but without his inclusion of loss of second balls was the reasons we failed to come out on top. You’ve heared from the horse’s or should i say one of the horses mouth my friends,It is what it is. But wait is this a replica article to the one plublished yesterday? They seem to be reporting the same thing.

  4. Trossard had the chance to cut the ball back to an unmarked Odegaard for a tap-in; he decided to for goal himself. Of course he couldn’t score because the keeper covered his near post very well.
    I could have broken my TV screen!

  5. Ball watching continues to haunt Arsenal. I can’t understand the inability to stay with your man in the box. Last season was full of these examples and Man C tend to be a lot tighter. Saliba said we can learn – Let’s hope so and soon.

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