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City boss Guardiola heaps praise on an Arsenal star ahead of Sunday clash

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( Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta / Photo via Getty )

Pep Guardiola, the esteemed manager of Manchester City, recently expressed his admiration for Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice, emphasizing that the coveted player was highly sought after by numerous Premier League teams. Guardiola’s statements shed light on the intense competition for the talented midfielder and the unsuccessful bid made by Manchester City for his services.

Guardiola’s comments resonated with football enthusiasts as he remarked, “I think all the teams in the Premier League would have wanted to sign Declan Rice. Everybody knows that we wanted him.” This revelation showcased the high regard in which Rice is held within the football community, underlining his impactful presence on the pitch.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Declan Rice celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brentford FC at Emirates Stadium on March 09, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Despite Manchester City’s interest in acquiring Rice, Guardiola disclosed that Arsenal’s pursuit of the player outshone theirs, attributing Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s prowess in securing the deal. Guardiola acknowledged the financial constraints that Manchester City faced, preventing them from meeting Arsenal’s offer for Rice, a testament to the midfielder’s value and the intense competition in the transfer market.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s current success in the Premier League, as evident from their top spot with 64 points after 28 games in the 2023/24 campaign, reflects their formidable form under Arteta’s leadership. The recent victory against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League further solidified their position as a force to be reckoned with in domestic and international competitions.

As Arsenal gear up to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 31st March 2024, fans eagerly anticipate a thrilling encounter between two top-tier teams led by visionary managers. Guardiola’s praise for Rice serves as a testament to the midfielder’s skill and impact on the field, adding an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming clash between the two Premier League giants.

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