Declan Rice has been one of Arsenal’s best-ever signings says Smith

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David Moyes recently paid tribute to Declan Rice in a pre-match press conference for gathered media, including representatives from CaughtOffside.

The soon-to-be ex-West Ham manager, was asked how important Rice was to his team, and his response was that he was the best midfield player in the country (Hayters YouTube), and he helped protect the Hammers defence from the heavy defeats they’ve had recently.

Rice signed for Arsenal for a club record £100m during last summer’s transfer window, and he’s gone on to ever greater heights.

Declan Rice is one of the best ever Arsenal signings says super agent

Indeed, it would be difficult to think of a more deserving player of the year at the club, and that is testament to his importance at his new club too.

Former super agent, Jon Smith, a proud Gunner himself, is in no doubt as to what the midfielder has brought to the club throughout 2023/24.

Declan Rice has been a revelation for Arsenal

“I think not only is Declan Rice a great talent, but he’s brought the ability to encourage the players around him to do better in themselves,” he said to CaughtOffside for his exclusive column.

“Firstly, because he comes with a big £100m tag and he’s kept his head down and been a gentleman on and off the field, and I think that’s a bit inspirational.

“Inspirational players are the best players to have on your team as well as talented ones, and he is both.

“He’s just got on with the job, played really well, and the £100m price tag is irrelevant now which shows how successful he’s been.”

It’s true that Rice’s price tag is rarely mentioned these days because it is so incidental to any argument.

In fact, one could actually argue that Arsenal have got themselves a bargain, and that’s really saying something when you factor the cost in.

Gareth Southgate will surely be delighted with the player’s form too, as we ease towards the European Championship in Germany this summer.

Rice is a shoo-in for the starting XI, and alongside the likes of Jude Bellingham he could provide the spark that the Three Lions need to go one better than they did at the last Euros.

From Rice’s own point of view, the captaincy of his club and country would cement a burgeoning legacy, and though neither are on the table on a regular basis at present, it would be no surprise if he was handed the honour in the future.

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  1. I’m an Arsenal fan. We should stop this excessive hype on Rice. He is still not up to Partey standard as far as the business of this defensive midfield is concerned. He had a very terrible game against Bayern, raising questions about his performance on high level. In as much as we believe he will grow into a world class player if he works harder, however, let us reduce the excessive hype on him. The same set of media people are conspiring to push Partey out of the club simply because they want to have Rice start all the 38 Premiership games. They never ask themselves what will become of our faith if Rice is injured. Two seasons ago Partey got injured nine games to the end of the season and we lost out in the champions league places. Now we have gotten a player to rotate with, some of us want to use our mouth and ink to push one out of the club. Both of them should stay for rotation; Oliseh should also come in to rotate with Saka. We need depth in our squad.

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