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Arsenal star angry with himself despite Bournemouth victory

Despite dropping another masterclass against Bournemouth on Saturday, one Arsenal star has revealed why he was upset in the dressing room

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Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has expressed frustration with himself following a series of missed chances during the Gunners’ recent encounter with Bournemouth. 

Despite contributing to Arsenal’s victory with a goal and an assist, Rice admitted to feeling discontented with his own performance during the match.

The English star found the back of the net for Arsenal’s third goal against Bournemouth, after previously setting up Leandro Trossard’s strike. Despite receiving the man of the match accolade for his overall contribution, Rice confessed to being disappointed with his halftime performance, particularly for squandering what he described as a “sitter” in the opening half.

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Reflecting on his feelings during the game, Rice stated to TNT Sports, “I think you see it in the first-half, it was just domination, could have been four or five to be honest with you. I missed a sitter and was fuming to be honest. I couldn’t let it go, I knew there was an opportunity for me to score.”

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice

Declan Rice scored and provided an assist against Bournemouth (Image credit: Getty Images)

Rice emphasised the importance of the victory for Arsenal, highlighting the significance of securing three points against a formidable opponent like Bournemouth. Despite their lead in the league, Rice acknowledged the need for improvement in the second half of their matches to ensure a more composed performance.


With two games remaining in the season, Arsenal’s title hopes hinge on Manchester City faltering in their fixtures. Rice, however, urged his teammates to maintain their focus on their own performances rather than relying solely on their competitors’ results.

Reflecting on the team’s progress, Rice remarked, “Still think we can improve in the second-half. Could have been more composed, they caused a bit of chaos and we caused our own damage really. But to win 3-0 and get over the line, leads into next week and we’re fully focused.”

With two matches remaining before the end of the season, Arsenal will travel to Manchester United next week before the last game of the season at home to Everton.

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