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Former Tottenham manager names one Arsenal star who is a ‘managers dream’

The former Spurs manager has lavished praise on one regular name on Arsenal’s team sheet who has consistently performed above average this season.

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Despite the disappointment of Wednesday’s Champions League debut defeat in Portugal, this player continues to earn praise for his individual display at the Estadio do Dragao on a night when most Arsenal players failed to hit their best form.

Arsenal’s signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United last summer for a club-record fee has proven to be a resounding success. The 24-year-old England international has consistently delivered exceptional performances, establishing himself as one of the Gunners’ standout players.

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Tim Sherwood has frequently praised Rice and reiterated his admiration on the recent No Tippy Tappy Football podcast. Responding to Mark Warburton’s praise of Rice, Sherwood described the midfielder as a “manager’s dream,” consistently delivering performances rated at least 7 out of 10.

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Sherwood remarked, “He’s just a dream, Declan, isn’t he? He’s just a manager’s dream. He’s the first on the team sheet because you know you’re going to get a seven at least. And if he makes mistakes, they’re going to be honest mistakes.”

Against FC Porto, Rice was shown a yellow card very early in the game but that did not stop him from doing a good job in shielding the Arsenal defense and making crucial blocks, a feat Gunners legend Thierry Henry acknowledged was ‘not an easy one’.

Away from the temporary setback against Porto, Mikel Arteta is happy to have Rice in his squad and recently hailed the qualities that made Arsenal break the bank to sign him during the summer transfer window: “[Rice is] extremely intelligent to read situations, to break up play, to win duels – crucial duels in certain areas of the pitch that allow us to counter and progress in really dangerous situations,” Arteta said in a recent interview.

“He is really humble, funny, really hardworking. He is extremely committed in everything he wants to do. He wants to win everything that he does. Really easy going, he’s integrated in the team in a really positive way.

“I was really positive about it because when I spoke to him, he mentioned to me many times from day one, ‘I just want to play for Arsenal and I want to play with you’ and he maintained his word to the last moment and we were good enough to acquire him.”

As Arsenal prepares to face Newcastle this weekend, Arteta will certainly start Rice and hope he brings his A-game to help the Gunners return to winning ways.

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