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Declan Rice reveals the valuable lessons that he’s been learning from Mikel Arteta

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( Mikel Arteta and Declan Rice / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal’s rising star, Declan Rice, is relishing the opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance of manager Mikel Arteta this season. The talented midfielder has been soaking up valuable insights from Arteta, particularly regarding his role on the pitch and the intricacies of his positioning.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Rice opened up about the valuable lessons he’s been absorbing from Arteta. “He’s been telling me about arrival in the box, body orientation, turning in pockets… completely different to what I would do in a No. 6 role,” Rice shared, highlighting the tactical nuances he’s been honing under Arteta’s tutelage.

As Arsenal continues its impressive campaign, currently leading the Premier League table with 64 points after 28 league games, Rice’s evolution as a player has been a key component of their success. With his ability to contribute both defensively and offensively, Rice has emerged as a versatile asset for the Gunners, showcasing his proficiency with six goals and five assists this season.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, interacts with Declan Rice following the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on October 21, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Rice’s willingness to adapt and learn from Arteta’s guidance underscores his commitment to continuous improvement and development as a player. As Arsenal prepares for their next challenge against Manchester City in the Premier League, Rice’s growth and maturation under Arteta’s mentorship will be crucial in maintaining their momentum at the top of the table.

With Arteta’s guidance and Rice’s dedication to mastering new skills and tactics, the future looks bright for Arsenal’s midfield maestro. As he continues to absorb valuable lessons and refine his craft, Rice is poised to make an even greater impact on the pitch for the Gunners in the seasons to come.

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