Pundit backs Arsenal to complete massive English transfer

Declan Rice has been linked with a move to Arsenal as the Gunners continue to improve their options at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard has proven to be an inspired appointment since he moved to London at the end of 2019 and his side is overachieving this season.

Arsenal could win the league for the first time since 2004 and the club will want to stay at the top for as long as possible, which will require making new signings.

Rice is set to leave West Ham and wants to join a club playing in the Champions League, which makes Arsenal an ideal suitor.

Former Leeds United man Noel Whelan believes it is a deal that could happen because Arsenal does not have a player like him.

He tells Football Insider:

“Arsenal are in a really strong position to negotiate terms. They will be in the Champions League – at least – there’s no doubt about that.

“They don’t really have a player like him. I think he would just add that next level of quality to their midfield and help them stay on top. There could be a swap deal, a player exchange, to get it over the line.”

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Rice has been one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League in the last few terms and the World Cup star should add quality to our squad if this deal happens.

However, we must be prepared to break the bank to land the former Chelsea trainee because West Ham will not allow him to leave cheaply.

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  1. Player exchange involved? Simple!

    Lokonga Season long loan with permant deal after targets are hit. We give you still a good chunk of money to be paid from yearly installments and Declan Rice moves to The Emirates and The Mighty Arsenal.

    Rice at Arsenal would be a fantastic buy esp for his age, homegrown, experienced captain and Thomas’ eventual successor. Mikel could make Declan a better player no doubt and in this sort of team could thrive as he dies the dirty side of the game.

    Add a Top Drawer Striker to the mix and we may be good to go unless Eddie starts hitting heights that makes him a mainstay in the team.

    Things are looking good at Arsenal. This summer champions league back and possibly heading into it as Champions with a few players away from a complete competing team that plays good football.

  2. Declan Rice is the perfect signing given the needs and instant improvement he would brings to Arsenal.

    The problem is would we be able to get Rice through this transfer window I doubt it, with the bubbles flirting with the relegation zone and the increasing narrowing of the transfer window, would mean any such deal would have to take place in the summer.
    The fact we haven’t tested the bubbles resolve yet is a sign this one is off for now.

    But our immediate needs remain which we have to address now and here is where the plot thickens, the most likely acquisition in my opinion will have to be from one of the following defensive midfielders below.

    Estimated cost
    Weston McKinney- £20 mil
    Martin Zubimendi – £52 mil still thinking it
    Amadou Onana – £ 51 mil

  3. I suspect our guys will surprise us, as ever.

    They don’t go spending massive amounts on players, they spot talent and develop it into the first team.

    To be fair they inherited some of that (our current forward line cost a combined £6m).

    Looking at the buys this window, we’ve spent about £20m, on each player. Wages are also important of course.

    So I don’t see Declan Rice arriving unless the deal is right. We spent a few quid on Jesus, but Arteta identified him as a known quantity available at a good price (£45m looks a steal in the current market).

    Everyone else we buy these days has these things in common: value for money and/or potential to improve.

    1. P.S. These prices we’re seeing now… you have to wonder how much difference it made that we walked away from the Mudryk deal and others over time.

      Nobody thinks they’ll get £100m out of Arsenal any more. We’ve been sensible for a few transfer windows now and it’s starting to show.

      Chelsea and Man Utd… not so much.

  4. The fear for me is that you have a very tight dressing room now with a bunch of players understanding and accepting their positions and roles for the team.if we go out and buy 100 million players one has to wonder how will it affect the rest of the team. I honestly believe we have enough to get us to the summer
    Outside of maybe one more striker
    Let’s get there and have faith in our giant killers
    This is our time and the youths we have might be young in age but because of the experience they already have
    We are honestly in a very strong position for the future

  5. Being genuine, but if we signed rice , he would be a player replacement to get the or some funds back, I still think xhaka needs to go with Elneny and holding and Tierney, Cedric Soares,then that lets some cash free up and at most wages, I know why is will be Tierney, well he gets caught to much out at the baçk all the time,plus zincheko is our no 1 left nbbbñ

    1. Ok and there’s Tierney who we could cash in on ,and Nuno tavares comes back to prove that’s way better than Tierney and the fastest LB IN THE premiship by far cmon get the money in to buy players,seeking kroenkes y66

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