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Declan Rice believes Arsenal have a more exciting project than Man City

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has admitted that he snubbed Manchester City because he knew the Arsenal project was more exciting

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Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice remains steadfast in his belief that the Gunners’ project holds more allure than the one presented by Manchester City last summer. 

The 25-year-old midfielder, who made a high-profile move from West Ham to Arsenal for £105 million in July, spurned City’s advances despite their hefty bid.

Rice’s impact in north London has been immediate, with his presence felt across all competitions for Arsenal. As the team heads into the final stretch of the season, Rice stands as one of the most important figures in their campaign for success.

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Currently perched atop the Premier League table with three matches remaining, Arsenal hold a slender one-point lead over Manchester City, albeit with Guardiola’s side having a game in hand. While City remains in contention for yet another title, Rice expresses no remorse over his decision to join Arsenal.

In an interview with The Athletic, Rice elaborated on his choice: ““This project seemed more exciting and that’s why I chose to come to Arsenal, because I believe we’re on to big things here.”


Acknowledging his own role in Arsenal’s journey, Rice also paid tribute to Rodri, City’s midfield linchpin, whom he regards as the best midfielder in the world. Despite recognising their differing styles, with Rodri’s structured approach contrasting with his own more spontaneous play, Rice remains effusive in his praise for the Spanish midfielder’s abilities.

“You can just tell by the way he plays that he’s worked under Pep for so long,” Rice said. “He’s a lot more structured than I am. I’d say I’m a lot more off-the-cuff. Obviously, this season I’ve been more structured. But in terms of the way I play, I feel like… being free a little bit more.

“There are different things that we complement each other on — but no doubt, he’s the best in the world.”

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