Michael Owen says Declan Rice “enters every dressing room” after opening his Arsenal account in the most dramatic way on Sunday.
Arsenal beat Manchester United in stoppage time…AGAIN
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal defeated Manchester United 3-1 for the second straight season on injury-time goals, with Declan Rice scoring the decisive goal.
Former England striker Owen has explained that Rice is a “great character” and that he has now turned this midfield position into a “real powerhouse” for Arsenal, just as he once did under legendary figures Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, he said Premier League Productions (09/03/23 at 18:55).
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While Arsenal’s most expensive player is shining, his summer team-mate is still trying to find his footing and Owen was shocked by the German at the weekend.
But that goal from Rice has now “solidified that relationship with his new supporters,” according to Owen.
“I don’t care who you are, comfortable in the new environment and wearing the price tag around your neck, it just feels so much better when you score a big goal,” said Owen.
“When the crowd sings your name. If you feel part of it. He’s a great character. He would walk into any dressing room and be a part of it instantly.
“But it just cements that relationship. You suddenly have the feeling that it’s right that I contributed to it. He had a good, solid game. He will be an important player.
“It’s been an area of the pitch for many, many years, since the Vieira and the Petit’s have dominated all teams in that area. It was pretty weak for a long time but now it looks like a real powerhouse position for them.”
Rice wowed Arsenal fans
This was the transfer fans had been looking forward to the most this summer as he was a player they felt Mikel Arteta needed in his midfield.
The departure of Granit Xhaka, who had served them so well over the past few years, opened the door for Rice to come in and show his magic.
And in the early stages he ticks a lot of boxes for this title-hoping team.
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