“He’s a joke, isn’t he?” Pundits heap praise on Arsenal man

Since making his move to Arsenal in the most recent transfer window, Declan Rice has proven to be a sensational addition and is arguably the standout signing of the summer in English football.

The midfielder has seamlessly integrated into Arsenal’s midfield, resulting in a significant improvement in Mikel Arteta’s team compared to the previous season.

His exceptional form has been a driving force behind Arsenal’s impressive results in the Premier League this season, drawing admiration from avid observers of the game such as Danny Murphy and Rio Ferdinand.

Rice’s performance in Arsenal’s triumphant return to the Champions League against PSV showcased his excellence, and it’s clear that he will play a pivotal role in the Gunners’ pursuit of success this term.

Ferdinand and Murphy were discussing his form on the former’s YouTube channel and could only praise him.

“He’s a joke, isn’t he? He’s so good, he’s so good,” Murphy said.

“I said it, Arsenal fans don’t know what they’re getting. Now they’re starting to see it. For me personally, as a West Ham fan, for him to have gone and us to start the season in the way we’ve started, it’s been fantastic,” Ferdinand added.

“And I’m buzzing for him. Listen, forget that he played for the club that I support, I love him as a person, as a player. And I want him to do well.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Rice has been almost too good to be true when you consider his start to the Premier League season at a new club.

The midfielder has been a fantastic addition to our squad and it is exciting to think about what he can deliver on our books.


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  1. An odd phrase, “a joke”, to descibe abrilliant player, I say.
    I would call such as SANOGO, or SOKRATIS, as being “jokes”.

    Sloppy language, which is sadly widespread nowadays, leads to needless disputes and arguments.

    And is just one, among other reasons, why JA inhouse writers use it and encourage it in others.

    1. Must admit initially I thought it was an insult reading the first sentence but clearly Ferdinand was praising him – how easily things can be misconstrued 😐

  2. We all (well nearly all) Rice would be a fit for Arsenal and it was a match made in football heaven. Rice is a get on with it player, no nonsense, you get what you get player. I just hope Arteta has the sense to pair him with Partey. A midfield of Rice Partey and Odergaard, smells like success.

  3. Yo VIP
    Let’s kick it
    Rice Rice Baby
    Rice Rice Baby
    All right stop
    Collaborate and listen
    Rice is back with a brand-new invention
    Something grabs a hold of me tightly
    Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
    Will it ever stop?
    Yo, I don’t know
    Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
    To the extreme, I rock a mic like a vandal
    Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle……..

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