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Arteta reveals a surprising factor in why Arsenal signed Declan Rice

Mikel Arteta has revealed a suprising factor in Arsenal’s £105million transfer of England international, Declan Rice.

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DLast summer, Arsenal broke their transfer record as they spent a staggering £105million on West Ham’s Declan Rice. The Gunners beat Bayern Munich and treble winners, Manchester City, to the midfielder, and his performances in red and white have made it worth the fight.

The Englishman has already beat his previous goalscoring record, and his late winners against Luton Town and Manchester United has seen him become a quick fan favourite. His overall consistency has been a breath of fresh air for Arsenal fans after Thomas Partey’s repeated injury concerns in recent seasons.

However, one part of his game has been hailed in recent weeks. The midfielder’s set-piece ability has been superb since the winter break, and although he showed what he could do when the ball is floated to him, he has now shown he can be the facilitator.

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Declan Rice and Gabriel Magalhaes celebrating after Rice asisted the Brazilian from a corner.    (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Against Crystal Palace at the end of last month, the midfielder’s delivery from a corner was met with a goal after Gabriel Magalhaes buried it home. Against his former side this afternoon, Rice assisted both of Arsenal’s centre-back pairing, as he assisted from a corner for William Saliba, and found Gabriel with a wide free-kick.

Following Arsenal’s 6-0 victory, Mikel Arteta revealed, “I’m really happy with him because it was a very emotional and special day for him. He loves West Ham so much, and today he had to focus on the task and what he had to deliver. Set-piece were one of those, because when we have certain players on the field, he can threaten from outside of the box more than inside the box.”

When asked if his set-piece prowess was a reason for chasing his signature, the Spaniard explained, “Yeah, it was something that we knew, and we could imagine. It depends who as well, who plays in the team, how much height, presence and physicality that we have inside the box to make the right decisions. He certainly has the delivery, he used to it here at West Ham as well, and he’s done it in the national team. It’s another thing that we can add to his game.

After two huge games in the title run-in, Rice and Arsenal now head to Burnley’s Turf Moor to continue the trend. In a game which could see the Clarets sit deep, good set-piece deliveries could be the reason Arsenal bring all three points back to north London.

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