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Dwight Yorke and Alan Shearer disagree on Stan Kroenke’s £105m Arsenal transfer decision

Declan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham United in a deal worth £105million in the summer and now Dwight Yorke and Alan Shearer have had their say on the midfielder Dwight Yorke and Alan Shearer have given their verdict on Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice. The former West Ham United captain joined the Gunners in the summer in a deal worth £105million, with Stan Kroenke giving Edu the go-ahead to splash the cash.

Rice has been one of the standout performers for Mikel Arteta’s side this season and has even scored a number of last-minute goals, one against Manchester United and another against Luton Town. Former Newcastle United striker Shearer has labelled the England international as a “stand-out” signing this year.
Writing in his BBC Sport column, Shearer said: “Liverpool’s draw left Arsenal in top spot, after their comfortable win over Brighton earlier in the day. It is clear the Gunners have improved from last season, when they pushed City close until the final few games, and it is Declan Rice who has made the biggest difference.
I would go as far as saying he has been the stand-out signing from the summer, and the £100m he cost from West Ham looks like money well spent. Rice has made the Gunners more solid and also gives them an extra little bit of bite in midfield, but everything he does on the ball is top class as well. Arsenal haven’t been quite as exciting as they were last year going forward but, along with Liverpool, they have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League so far and I think they will be delighted with the progress they have made.”
Manchester United legend Yorke is not as convinced, however. The 52-year-old believes the England international must win trophies at Emirates Stadium to really prove his worth.

Speaking to MegaDice.com, Yorke said: ”Declan Rice needs to win a couple of trophies before I change my tune. I know he scored important goals against Luton and Man United, but that’s what you’d expect when you spend such a large fee.
Scoring a few important goals doesn’t mean much if you finish second at the end of the season. That’s not what I want my £100million man to be doing – I want him to win major trophies.
People think that’s unfair, but the fee is a hell of a lot to spend to finish second. People may think there’s more to it, but you have to bring success to the club if you’ve joined for that amount of money. There’s no point otherwise.
Rice can score important goals, but it means nothing if Arsenal don’t win trophies. I expect Rice to be like a modern Roy Keane and drag his team to silverware. If he does that, then I’ll have no issues with his fee.

“I think Rice is a damn good player, but I don’t see £105million in him. I suppose that’s just the market, though. If Rice delivers success, then I’ll be the first one to congratulate him.”

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