English midfielder prefers moving to Arsenal over London rivals

Arsenal is in the running for Declan Rice, but the Gunners are not the only club following the West Ham man and it will be tough to get the England World Cup star.

Rice has been open about wanting to play for a top club and has rejected West Ham’s attempt to tie him down to a new deal.

The midfielder is in high demand and it was previously reported that he would return to Chelsea, whom he played for as a schoolboy.

The Blues have been on a spending spree, so they can afford a top player like Rice. However, does he want to move to Stamford Bridge?

A report in The Guardian reveals the 24-year-old would prefer a move to Arsenal over the Blues, considering the progress the Gunners are making.

Their report stated “The numbers will not put off Arsenal and they believe that they can fend off interest from Chelsea, who beat their rivals to the £70m signing of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

“The prospect of moving to the Emirates Stadium and working under Arteta appeals to Rice. He has seen Arteta turn Arsenal into title contenders this season and would be confident of the Spaniard’s coaching making him a better midfielder.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Rice is a top player and it is refreshing to learn he will move to the Emirates over another London club.

But his desire does not mean a move for him will be easy and we must be willing to splash the cash to add him to our squad. Otherwise, another suitor could win the race for the midfielder’s signature.

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12 Comments

  1. Looking back at how Marcus Rasford the ace Man Utd striker successfully nutmeged Thomas Partey the Arsenal holding midfielder in the game. And went ahead to score the opening goal in the match for his Man Utd team. Which looks to inform the mind of Partey-s seasonal hamstrings injury flaring up this season to possibly sidelined him could be imminent.
    Therefore, since there is no another top quality anchor man in the team who can mann the base of the Arsenal midfield effectively as Partey does. And have done after starting in all Arsenal Epl 19 matches this season.
    If Arsenal are to avoid a repeat of the of the occurrence that happened to them last season when Partey was sidelined with injury. As a result of which Arsenal missed out on the top4 place finish.
    But this season as they are looking to be challenging for a treble title season win. Which they can successfully aco,polished at season’s end. But if they do the needful for their midfield base to sign a new top quality Dmf of high caliber consistent performance regularly at the top level of the game. So as to forestall any disappointments as they campaign the treble this season which are still very much on for them to win.
    M this wish, if the signing of Declan Rice by real this winter will give them the top quality enforcement job doing at the base of their midfield. Let Arsenal do his signing this Jan window
    without hesitations.
    But it is the 23 year old Dmf Martin Zubimendi at Real Soceadad that they are much keen on to sign this winter. But who reportedly turned down their approach to sign him this Jan. Let them go back to him to convince to receive them and accept their approach to trigger his release clause of reported £50m to transfer from his club side this winter. And convinced him bukayo all possible means possible to join us Arsenal this winter.

  2. Looking back at how Marcus Rasford the ace Man Utd striker successfully nutmeged Thomas Partey the Arsenal holding midfielder in the game. And went ahead to score the opening goal of the match for his Man Utd team. Which looks to inform the mind of Partey’s seasonal hamstrings injury flaring up this season to possibly sidelined him could be imminent.
    Therefore, since there is no another top quality anchor man in the team beside him. Who can mann the base of the Arsenal midfield effectively as he does. And have done after starting in all Arsenal Epl 19 matches this season.
    If Arsenal are to avoid a repeat of the ill-occurrence that happened to them last season when Partey was sidelined with injury. As a result of which Arsenal missed out on the top4 place finish.
    But this season as they are looking to be challenging for a treble title season win. Which they can successfully aco,polished at season’s end. But if they do the needful for their midfield base to sign a new top quality Dmf of high caliber consistent performance regularly at the top level of the game. So as to forestall any disappointments as they campaign for the treble win this season. Which are still very much on for them to win. if the signing of Declan Rice by they Arsenal this winter will provide for the team the top quality enforcement job doing at the base of their midfield. Let Arsenal do his signing this Jan window
    without hesitations.
    But it is the 23 year old Dmf Martin Zubimendi at Real Soceadad that they are much keen on to sign this winter. But who reportedly turned down their approach to sign him this Jan. Let them go back to him to convince to receive them and accept their approach to trigger his release clause of reported £50m to transfer from his club side to Arsenal this winter. And convinced him by all possible means possible to join us Arsenal this winter.

  3. Mudryk was saying and acting the same. He ended up in West London

    Could this be Declan Rice’s indirect call for the neighbour we seem to be scouting and being agent for lately? Especially with these exorbitant fees being quoted?

    I now dislike these statements regarding overrated players X, Y or Z fancing Arsenal as they may be all made up and highly speculative.

    Moreso now as we have snapped up some good players who we were never told we preferred nor they liked us.

  4. Declan Rice to Arsenal will never happen (although he is good player) as
    1. AFC never make noise about which player they would sign. The media hyped the Mudryk saga. The player was drawing the attention of the media, not AFC
    2. Player wanting to come does not mean Arteta wants him.
    3. AFC will never pay crazy money. We have seen Maddison, Mudryk, Tommy Abraham, etc. We have sensible officials at the helm now, not some lunatics like the wise old man or Spanish guitarista entertaining scrupulous agents or the players they represent.
    4. Emirates is no longer a picnic spot or a retirement home for uninterested players wanting exorbitant wages. The player has to earn his wage nowadays with Arteta around.

  5. I really like Rice. He’s a real midfield anchor. Tough tackler, rather quick and tall, hugely experienced and yet to enter his prime age.

    The tranfer fee will be an issue no doubt. I wonder if we have any players West Ham would like to have in return.

    1. Charlie patino is totally diffrent player to rice rice would slot in where partey is patino more attacking minded?

  6. It’s fair to say that I can’t second guess what Edu and Arteta have up their joint sleeves, but I’m trusting the quiet behind the scenes approach that has been adopted
    I wrote on JA recently that the club has undergone a complete transformation with much needed improvement at the top of the pile as well as on the playing side of things. It really should be a collective effort

    1. Is Arteta’s job to decide for Edu to negotiate. If Arteta wants him and there’s money, Edu has no say.

  7. Rice is a quality midfielder. He would be a great acquisition and it would be great to have him playing for us. He would be more suited to the defensive role of no.6 rather than a no.8. Great to see he prefers us over Chelsea, which I think will be the norm henceforth given our performances this season and the likelihood of winning the EPL. How things can change in a matter of months.

  8. Rice should consider talking to his boyhood club. Arsenal is not going to be played around any more, Arsenal is in the high-voltage stage. And getting their own preferred players.

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