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Ian Wright hands Mikel Arteta brutal Arsenal dilemma with new Declan Rice role recommended

Latest Arsenal news with Declan Rice being singled out for praise by Ian Wright with a brutal dilemma subsequently being handed to Mikel Arteta Ian Wright has sent a clear Declan Rice message to Mikel Arteta following his contribution to another clean sheet for Arsenal. The Gunners secured a late win against Brentford this past Saturday thanks to a Kai Havertz header with three points taking them top of the Premier League after Manchester City and Liverpool drew earlier in the day.

The 24-year-old’s £105million move from West Ham to Arsenal in the summer raised eyebrows but with every passing game it looks to be a shrewd investment. While Rice often goes unnoticed doing the dirty work in midfield, his impact at the Gtech Community Stadium was noticeable as it was his goal-line clearance that prevented Bryan Mbeumo from scoring the opener after a mistake by Aaron Ramsdale.

Injury issues have seen Rice accompanied by a number of different Arsenal stars but he has been the ever-present throughout the first few months of the season. This past weekend it was Leandro Trossard and the returning Martin Odegaard that formed the midfield trio with Jorginho and Kai Havertz dropping to the bench.

Following the victory for Arsenal, Wright reacted to his display in west London by giving a wider opinion on his overall impact at Emirates Stadium along with an understandable suggestion which could give Arteta some food for thought.

“It’s his physicality, the physicality and the fluidity of him,” he said on Wrighty’s House. “We just look strong, we just look different with him. When you look at his consistency, I’m getting it all the time from people – captaincy. I love Martin and, of course, he’s our captain and I’m very, very happy with that, absolutely delighted with that.
The thing is, when you’ve got a player in your team that is eight or nine out of 10 every week, leading by example with everything that he does, you can’t help but think that guy is a captain. That guy is a captain, the way he’s playing.”

While making that decision would make sense given his consistent availability and impact in such a short space of time, it could be seen as quite reactionary. Club captain Odegaard has struggled to match last season’s form which saw him rewarded with a new bumper contract in the summer. The Norway international has also only just returned from two injuries after previously being left out of the starting XI to face Sheffield United earlier this month.

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