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Declan Rice reveals what he told John Stones ahead of Manchester City v Arsenal clash

Declan Rice has a shared the discussion he had with England teammate John Stones ahead of Manchester City v Arsenal clash

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England midfielder Declan Rice has revealed an amusing anecdote involving teammate John Stones, shedding light on an awkward conversation during national team duty. 

The disclosure comes ahead of a highly anticipated clash between Manchester City and Arsenal in the Premier League.

Arsenal will face one of their biggest rivals for the Premier League title this season on Sunday when they travel to play Manchester City at the Etihad and Rice will be instrumental in the outcome of the match.

Mikel Arteta’s team are currently leading by a solitary point, and expectation is high for a showdown that could potentially shape the title race. However, Stones seemed oblivious to the impending fixture until Rice brought it to his attention.


Recalling the incident, Rice shared, “The first day I came here I saw John Stones and he didn’t even know they were playing us next! When he’s away from football he likes to be with his family and switch off and I get that.”

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He continued, “He likes to take one game at a time. I said ‘big game next’ and John said ‘who are you playing?’ and I said ‘we’ve got you lot!’ He said ‘oh yeah!'”

Despite the light-hearted banter, Declan Rice emphasised the significance of the upcoming match, acknowledging its potential as a title-deciding encounter. Reflecting on the challenge of facing City at the Etihad Stadium, Rice stressed the importance for Arsenal to assert their mettle and secure a crucial victory.

“A potential title-decider, it’s going to be really tight. We have got to go to the Etihad which is going to be really tough. But if you want to get past that barrier of Arsenal being labelled stuff, you have to go there and win.

“We have to show that steeliness and character to prove we can be one of the best teams.”

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