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Ian Wright shocked by what he noticed about Declan Rice against Aston Villa

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was left stunned by what he noticed about Declan Rice during the 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa

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Arsenal suffered a shocking defeat against Aston Villa, leaving their Premier League title hopes hanging in the balance. Gooners legend Ian Wright was left stunned by what he noticed about Declan Rice during the game, claiming the midfielder looked as weary as he had ever seen him.

The Gunners started the game well and had chances to go ahead in the first-half, but Aston Villa dominated in the second-half, ultimately securing a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Wright expressed his concern about some Arsenal players not performing at their best in such a crucial match, with Declan Rice being singled out for looking fatigued towards the end of the game.

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“They came out and they really started to play. And we looked dishevelled, very unorganised. It’s the game where I thought Declan Rice looked as weary as I’ve ever seen him. Obviously, Ben White’s had to come off,” Wright commented during a discussion on Wrighty’s House.

Despite Rice’s impressive performances throughout the season, it is important to remember that he is relatively new to playing at the highest level. Having joined Arsenal in the summer, Rice has quickly become an integral part of their midfield. However, the intensity of the Premier League and the high stakes of every game may have contributed to his apparent fatigue in the match against Villa.

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice


Rice’s contributions have been vital for Arsenal this season, with memorable goals against clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea. If Arsenal are to win the title, his performances will undoubtedly be remembered as key moments in their campaign.

Mikel Arteta now faces a dilemma of whether to rest Rice in upcoming matches to ensure he is fully fit for the crucial run-in. With Arsenal still in contention for the league title and facing tough opponents like Bayern Munich, Arteta must carefully manage his squad to maintain their form and focus.

In a season where every game is crucial, Arsenal cannot afford to have key players like Rice feeling fatigued or out of form. The pressure is mounting on the Gunners as they strive to secure the title, and it will require all their players to be at their best in the remaining matches.

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