McCoist says he did 25-year-old Arsenal player disservice for barely mentioning how good he’d been

Ally McCoist has admitted that he had done Declan Rice something of a disservice as he praised the Arsenal star midway through the second-half of their clash with Newcastle United on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s men were in sensational form against the Magpies. Arsenal were absolutely relentless, almost until the moment they went 4-0 up during the second-half.
It would have been incredibly difficult to pick out a player of the match, with Jorginho ultimately getting the nod for his performance against Eddie Howe’s side. But several others produced brilliant displays.

Ally McCoist lauds Declan Rice as Arsenal cruise to victory

Kai Havertz continues to silence his critics, while Martin Odegaard was once again pulling the strings. Bukayo Saka scored a world-class goal. And Jakub Kiwior deserves enormous praise for his recent form at left-back.
Declan Rice therefore, is perhaps a victim of his own success. The 25-year-old has been amazing throughout his time at Arsenal. No-one is talking about the transfer fee which took Rice to the Emirates.

But he seems to have added another string to his bow recently. Rice has three assists in his last three games, all of which have come from set-pieces.

And after his corner set up Kiwior for Arsenal’s fourth goal on Saturday, Ally McCoist told TNT Sports (broadcast on 24/2; 21:28) that the England international actually deserves a lot more praise for how good he has been from dead-ball situations.
I tell you another thing we’ve got to mention that I don’t think I have mentioned. We’ve not done Declan Rice much of a service, because his quality from the set plays has been fabulous,” he said.

Midfielder continues to keep raising the bar

It does feel as though Rice is yet to meet a hurdle in his career he could not clear with relative ease. He came into the West Ham team as a young centre-back before thriving as a holding midfielder for club and country.

And he is now someone who can float between the six and eight roles with ease for a side battling for the Premier League title. He has arguably been Arsenal’s most consistent player this season.

This is already the most prolific season of Rice’s career for goal involvements in the league. And given the quality he now provides from free-kicks and corners, there is no reason why that tally cannot rise significantly over the remainder of the campaign.

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