Why shouldn’t Arsenal target Jude Bellingham instead of Declan Rice?

Why Aren’t We Talking About Arteta Going For Jude Bellingham?
Declan Rice has been linked with a move away from West Ham for many years. Manchester United and Chelsea have always been his preferred destinations, but Arsenal has now jumped into the fray.
Rice has been “targeted” by Arteta, who wants him in his midfield. Many may be impressed with Arsenal’s entry into the race for Rice, but if Arsenal is willing to spend big money on a midfielder, why not Jude Bellingham?
Bellingham has, for the past few seasons, proven himself in the Bundesliga as well as in the Champions League. He’s also now a starter for England; in Qatar, he was the main man at central midfield alongside Declan Rice.
Ally McCoist believes that if Arsenal wants a reliable midfielder, they should go after Bellingham because they have what it takes to persuade him to move to the Emirates.
“Arsenal have got to come into the equation because of the team, because of the manager, because of the way the club is going, the ages of the squad,” said McCoist on TalkSport about Arsenal moving for Bellingham.
“Arsenal would obviously come into it, as would Manchester City. So he’s got a couple of decisions to make.”
Jude Bellingham’s future will be scrutinized this summer, as he is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund. As of now, there is no clear favorite to sign him, raising the question of why he can’t be the midfielder to round out Arteta’s midfield equation.
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31 Comments

  1. He may be the one. Edu and Arteta may choose to lay low on their real targets while trumpeting the obvious ones. Classic misdirection. Hoping that’s what’s going on.

    1. Bellingham biggest strength is his ball carrying abilities, his close control and accurate short passes.

      Smith Rowe in my opinion possess all those though to a lesser extent, if Smith Rowe could be tweak to play in his mould drop deeper he could be just as deadly mainly because Smith Rowe is naturally a better striker of the ball in front of goal.

      Now Declan Rice is a sheer defensive midfielder, he’s almost a mean Italian type, think more defensively. perfect for our needs.

  2. I feel with Vieira and Smith Rowe we have options for a Bellingham role, whereas Rice is much more aligned with Partey

      1. I agree, Rice fills more of a gap, or rather we can better cover his talents already. If we “have to” take Belligham though I wouldn’t cry :-).

        I know, get both!!!

  3. In my opinion, Bellingham is more of an attacking midfielder than a defensive one like Partey and Rice. Smith-Rowe also made similar movements and his stature/ athleticism are similar to Bellingham’s, so Arsenal had better focus on his development

    As for Rice, he is a good DM, but I think Partey is much better in tight spaces, dribbling and shooting. Rice would likely be a good competitor for Partey, but I believe Arsenal would give Lokonga and Elneny another season

    1. Considering what we need, Arteta knows he need Rice being a DM. We really don’t need Jude because he is like Aron Ramsey kind of play in my opinion. He doesn’t play in the wings like ESR.

      1. Arsenal have open talk with Brighton for Leandro Trossard according to mailonline news. If the deal gets through that would be a huge signing. And it would be better than Jude. He scores goals and can dribble he will easily deputise for Saka he also has bags of premier league experience.

        1. Jude is one of the most coveted players in the world. Why we comparing him to Trossard, who is a decent signing for us, but will never have the opportunity to be a world beater.

      2. Yes, Smith-Rowe also produced powerful runs as Bellingham did and I believe he will get assigned to compete with Xhaka after Trossard comes

  4. I would prefer bellingham to fight a place with xhaka rather than rice too, since xhaka is a more attacking role

  5. While Xhaka has been very good this season in what is a box to box role, imo Bellingham is a substantial upgrade who will go on to have a great career.However he is not what we need at present, but Rice most certainly is.A quality DM who can operate as a B toB and, if pushed as a centre back, where he began his career.Two very fine players either of whom would look great in a red shirt.

  6. Don’t need him, we have plenty of option in that position. It’s the DM position we lack cover. To be honest I don’t think Rice is the answer either. We can definitely get a better player for less money then what will be quoted for Rice. He is English, he will be over hyped and over priced as usual. He was avg in world cup and I still don’t get it how he got bullied by saka for our goal.

    1. So it’s Trossard then, I like this signing and happy it went fast. Hope he is made ready for the United game, Wish him all the best and welcome to the goon army.
      Ps we do not need Jude Bellingham. MA should go all out for rice in the summer, give elneny a one yr extension and send lokonga out on loan.

  7. Trossard deal done..
    Romano confirms Here we go..
    27 M GBP
    Very good singing.
    If Arsenal register him before Friday 12PM GMT then he will be available for Utd game

    1. I suspect he’ll need time to train with the squad, understand how we play etc.

      I can’t see MA sticking him straight into the side on Day 2 of being an Arsenal player.

  8. The thing is whether Arsenal is ready to spend that kind of money. Bellingham is perfect for his profile. He’s a big game changer. But any of them will really strengthen Arsenal and put us in the forefront of world football.
    I really like our defense and midfield. They have been awesome.

  9. We’re not beating out Real Madrid is why. I think it would be a massive waste of time. Liverpool or Madrid have been going after this guy for years. Yes we could maybe offer UCL football in the summer, but Liverpool have the Klopp factor, and many things going for them, and Madrid is Madrid. WE are just coming out of a long period of not competing. It is prob too big of an ask to get Bellingham just from this campaign.

  10. So, Rice is not the answer for the team’s DMF top level option and cover for Partery? That’s according to many comments on here. But I am of the thinking he would. However, if Arteta thinks otherwise, then, Edu should continue to search for the Dmf who will be very goose for the team in terms of top quality anchor man job doing provision at the base of the Arsenal midfield this Jan transfer window and sign him if found. But not have to wait till next summer window to do his sinning.
    But what of this sudden Arsenal transfer news that broke out of them pulsing for the signing of Brighton’s Leandro Trossard 28? Is he such a top quality rightwinger despite his advancing age that makes Arsenal want to sign him this winter window? And out of no where jetissoned the club’s young age recruitment profile policy of 22 – 25 year old? I don’t really understand.
    And what of his reported ill-disciplined attitude showing at Brighton? Which the Brighton manager talked about. Will Trossard forgo such negative attitude and behaviour at Arsenal after they have signed him? I hope so.

  11. So, Rice is not the answer for the team’s DMF top level option and cover for Partery? That’s according to many comments on here. But I am of the thinking he would. However, if Arteta thinks otherwise, then, Edu should continue to search for the Dmf who will be very good for the team in terms of top quality anchor man job doing provision at the base of the Arsenal midfield this Jan transfer window and sign him if found. But not have to wait till next summer window to do his sinning.
    But what of this sudden Arsenal transfer news that broke out of them pushing for the signing of Brighton’s Leandro Trossard 28? Is he such a top quality rightwinger despite his advancing age that makes Arsenal want to sign him this winter window? And out of no where jetissoned the club’s young age recruitment profile policy of 22 – 25 year old? I don’t really understand.
    And what of his reported ill-disciplined attitude showing at Brighton? Which the Brighton manager talked about. Will Trossard forgo such negative attitude and behaviour at Arsenal after they have signed him? I hope so.

  12. Yes, why not?

    I thought that when I saw reports around WC time saying City and Liverpool were interested.

    If Arsenal has the season we hope, he could be interested in coming to us instead of being part of a rebuild at Liverpool / Chelsea or competing with KDB and co for game time at City.

  13. Patino will be the ne Box to Box. I dont think we will get either Bellingham or Rice tbh but rice a touch more likley

    1. The champions league windfall and an EPL title would go along way to getting us one though…I think that would get us ahead of English teams but the big continental monsters are always there too…

  14. Salary is also a factor. Not only from the financial point of view – which is indeed important – but also not to disrupt the dressing room atmosphere.

    Rice would probably be content with 120-150k per week, making him an average (or slightly above average) earner at Arsenal, while Bellingham would demand more than 400k, making him the highest paid Arsenal player and one of the top 3 PL footballers, which would be highly unhealthy, as everybody would compare his own salary where negotiating a new deal.

    Real Madrid is rumored to save for a 270M package that should cover Jude’s transfer price (~130-140) along with his 6 years of salary (22-25M/year). With those conditions he should be playing for Arsenal, ever.

  15. We need Declan Rice more than we need Jude Bellingham. Don’t get me wrong Bellingham is the better footballer but we need a cdm more than a cm. I feel we already have a superstar in the making with Patino and I would love to see him as Xhakas understudy for a season before taking the left 8 as his own.

  16. We need a proven epl striker. Let’s go for Harry kane. He needs a trophy. Remember, he was one of our own.

  17. Bellingham is a top player but i believe we are gonna come short in his pursuit with the ridiculous amount of suitors for him. Yes we should try for his transfer but have a backup planned.

    Rice for me would make our central midfield an impregnable wall. Imagine Rice at DM and Partey as B2B and xhaka as a 3rd option💪💪💪 our attacking players could push forward knowing everything is secure behind them.

  18. I am not sure about Rices’ game.

    Currently, at West Ham, he looks like a one trick pony, so I do not think he would be worth the transfer fee.

    I think Bellingham is a much better option.

    However, I do not think we are even in the same neighbourhood when it comes to bidding for him.

    I think we should set our sights a little lower.

    Caicedo might be a cheaper option than either of the above, without to much downside!!

  19. Reports now suggesting that Bellingham has told PL clubs that he wants a move to Spain (Real Madrid).

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