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Matthew Upson says 25-year-old Arsenal player is ‘on the money every time’

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice earned praise from BBC Sport pundit Matthew Upson during Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Porto.

The Gunners summer signing is “on the money every time” when it comes to his deliveries from set pieces, according to Upson.

Rice has been a revelation since joining Arsenal from West Ham United for a reported £105million fee last year.

The 25-year-old once again played a crucial role for the Gunners as they edged past Porto on penalties after 120 gruelling minutes.

Rice didn’t have as much of a chance to go forward as he has been doing in recent weeks, but as the No. 6, he provided good defensive cover

 

As per Sofascore, the England international won two ground duels and three aerial duels, and contributed with four clearances, two interceptions and one tackle.

Rice also successfully delivered six long balls out of eight he attempted, and obviously was one of the penalty scorers on the night

Matthew Upson hails Arsenal star Declan Rice
Upson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live during the game, predicted that the game could hinge on how well Porto would deal with Arsenal’s set pieces.

He also predicted that the Gunners’ expertise could be a deciding factor in the title race, earmarking Rice as one of the main threats.

“I think this game will quickly boil down to how well Porto deal with these Arsenal set pieces, how concentrated and organised they continue to be,” Upson said, as per BBC Sport.

“Arsenal are so good at them this season, it could even end up being a factor in the title race. Declan Rice’s delivery is on the money every time.”

While many players need some time to get up to speed following a big move, Rice hit the ground running from the off and is only getting better and better for Arsenal.

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