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Alan shearer says Arsenal have a player who could replace Odegaard as captain

Alan shearer has become the latest pundit to laud the performance and impact of Declan Rice at Arsenal this season.

A lot was made in the summer when Rice signed for Arsenal for £100m. But since then, Rice has been outstanding and he put in another fine performance this week to rescue the win at Luton.
Rice is now firmly in place as the first name on Mikel Arteta’s teamsheet.

And writing in his latest column for CaughtOffside, Stan Collymore believes it won’t be long before Rice is made captain.

Collymore backs Declan Rice to be Arsenal captain

Lauding Rice for his impact, Collymore believes the Arsenal midfielder has been the best signing of the summer and tipped him to become skipper soon enough.
Declan Rice has stood up and been counted. He’s not officially the captain of Arsenal, but he is a captain that leads by example. The clean sheets, the fewest goals conceded, the last minute winners… they’re all in Declan Rice’s remit and, for me, he’s been the most compelling summer signing. Bear in mind he cost over £100m and he’s English – that comes with huge pressure, and yet he smiles, laughs and jokes, and he enjoys playing his football,” Collymore said.
We’ve barely talked about his price tag, but we do with Jack Grealish because he arguably isn’t living up to it at Manchester City. It seems to be water off a duck’s back to Declan Rice and he’s seamlessly knitted into Arsenal’s midfield as well as helping England to the Euros. Nothing has fazed him.
Pound for pound he’s been the best Premier League buy last summer and I think that it’s inevitable he someday becomes captain. I know that Odegaard is very much liked at the club and by Mikel Arteta, but I do wonder if there was a minor little shift, whether Arteta has a rethink. Watch this space…”

Rice can be skipper

It’s a good point this from Collymore. The best teams who win trophies all have leaders in the ranks and Declan Rice is certainly one of them at Arsenal.

Yes, we know Martin Odegaard is a leader in his own way but Rice is hard to ignore.

Sure, there is the added pressure that comes with being captain at a club as well. But Rice would be more than capable and it’s no surprise he is catching the eye so much.

Arsenal have a real chance to finally win that title this season and if they do, then Rice’s signing will have been a huge part of it.

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