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Arsenal’s 8/10 titan is quietly changing into Arteta’s greatest participant forward of Rice


It was an odd day for Arsenal on Sunday. Whereas they dropped two factors away from dwelling and surrendered high spot to Liverpool, there’s a renewed sense of perception within the membership’s Premier League title credentials.

Mikel Arteta’s males lastly ended their dreadful run of outcomes on the Etihad, took a degree again to north London and stopped Manchester Metropolis from scoring at dwelling for the first time since October 2021.

It wasn’t an entertaining recreation, not by any stretch, but it surely was a defensive masterclass from the Gunners, and one of many shining lights, as he so typically has been this season, was Declan Rice.

Declan Rice’s recreation in numbers

Whereas the sport produced little or no attacking soccer to excite followers – simply three photographs heading in the right direction proves as a lot – it did present loads of good defensive performances to analyse, with Rice’s efforts simply in entrance of his again 4 worthy of notable reward.

Declan Rice for Arsenal.

That is an opinion shared by the Customary’s Simon Collings’, who awarded the Englishman an 8/10 on the night time, writing that he ‘put in a giant shift’ when out of possession and that he ‘broke up play so nicely’ regardless of having to play ‘deeper than he has not too long ago.’

The Englishman’s numbers from the match, whereas not spectacular at first look, assist to disclose how very important his position within the workforce was. In his 95 minutes of motion, the £105m man performed one key cross, maintained a passing accuracy of 86%, succeeded in his one dribble, received 4 of eight floor duels, made three tackles, and took 45 touches – the third most within the workforce.

Declan Rice’s recreation vs Metropolis in numbers



Key Passes


Passing Accuracy

25/29 (86%)

Dribbles (Profitable)

1 (1)

Floor Duels (Gained)

8 (4)





All Stats through Sofascore

It wasn’t a classic efficiency that’ll be clipped up for followers to observe in ten years, however the 25-year-old titan was all over the place for the Gunners, led from the entrance and performed a necessary position in Arteta’s plan to stifle the treble winners, which is exactly what he did.

That stated, there was one other starter who was simply as, if no more necessary for the guests, a participant who has a real case for being crucial participant within the workforce this yr.


Gabriel Magalhães’ significance to Arsenal

The participant in query is Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhães, who has been quietly placing in good performances all yr for the north Londoners, whereas the eye has been on his teammates like William Saliba and Rice.

Yesterday was no totally different. Whereas the Gunners’ defensive unit was severely spectacular general, he stood out and made arguably one of the best striker on this planet – Erling Haaland – look distinctly common.


After the sport, Collings awarded the 26-year-old an 8/10, rightfully named him his ‘star participant’, claimed he ‘made numerous blocks and tackles’ and described him as a ‘warrior on the again.’

Nevertheless, it wasn’t simply yesterday that the previous LOSC Lille ace was a titan on the again for Arteta; he is been one all yr.

The membership have conceded simply 23 objectives within the 37 video games the São Paulo-born ace has began, which works out to be round 0.62 objectives per recreation.

In distinction, within the 4 video games the “unstoppable” star, as expertise scout Jacek Kulig described him, wasn’t on the pitch, the membership conceded three objectives, which works out to round 0.75 objectives per recreation.


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Finally, it may be fairly difficult to summarise a defender’s significance to a workforce by means of statistics, however Gabriel’s significance to Arteta’s title-challenging Arsenal facet can’t be ignored, and if they’ll recover from the road in Could, it’s going to have loads to do with him.