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Pundit says Arsenal star deserves Premier League award more than Man City duo

Former footballer Scott Minto believes that one Arsenal star deserves to be name Premier League player of the Season ahead of Man City duo

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Former footballer Scott Minto has singled out Arsenal star Declan Rice as his pick for the club’s Player of the Year award, asserting the midfielder’s key role in their success.

With just a few games remaining in the season, Arsenal sits atop the Premier League table, poised to seize the opportunity if Manchester City falters in their final fixtures. 

Under the stewardship of manager Mikel Arteta, Arsenal has displayed resilience and determination, bouncing back from last season’s disappointment of narrowly missing out on the title.

A significant turning point for Arsenal came with the acquisition of Declan Rice, who arrived for a club-record fee amid skepticism about his ability to perform consistently at the highest level. 

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However, Rice swiftly dispelled any doubts with a string of standout performances, including crucial goals against top opponents such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Luton Town.

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Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice (Image credit: Getty Images)

In contrast to the flashy performances of Manchester City’s stars like Rodri and Phil Foden, Minto believes that Rice’s impact on Arsenal’s fortunes has been understated yet indispensable. 

Despite Foden’s individual accolades, including winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Minto contends that Rice’s influence transcends statistics, elevating Arsenal to new heights.

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“I’d give it to Declan Rice,” Minto said on Premier League All Access. “Rodri, I think, is not the sexiest Man City player, but I think he’s the most important. But he’s such an incredible player. Foden has been brilliant,” he said.

“But for me, the difference between the two and why I’d give it to Declan Rice is because what he’s done and what Foden’s done, sensational, and Foden, because of the goals and the assists in one sense looks better, but to handle that tag and take a club like Arsenal who just came so close last year, to take them to another level. We’ve seen Chelsea players go for £60, £80, £100 million and not be able to handle that price-tag; he has.”

Rice’s seamless integration into the Arsenal squad, providing defensive stability while contributing in attack, has been instrumental in their title charge. Should Arsenal clinch the Premier League crown, Rice’s arrival could be viewed as a defining moment in Arteta’s tenure, symbolizing the club’s ambition and ability to attract top talent.

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