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Arsenal legend outlines the thing that allowed the gunners to almost beat City to title

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has opened up on one thing that many don’t consider that almost helped them beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Declan Rice was the key factor in Arsenal’s impressive 2023/24 season, allowing them to challenge Manchester City more closely than ever. Wright, a prominent figure in the club’s history, praised Rice’s transformative impact on the team and his exceptional performances throughout the season.

“Ben White has been magnificent, but I think the transformation in our team has been Declan Rice,” Wright told the media. “I think the reason we were able to push Manchester City even further this season is because of him and his eight, nine out of 10 performances every week.”

Rice, who joined Arsenal from West Ham United, quickly established himself as a cornerstone of Mikel Arteta’s midfield. His consistent high-level displays were crucial as the Gunners finished the season in 2nd place with 89 points, narrowly behind Manchester City’s 91 points. Wright highlighted Rice’s consistency and the often-underappreciated quality he brings to the team.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Declan Rice of Arsenal after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“I think his levels, and his consistency is something that is underrated. He’s getting a lot of love now and it’s rightly so, but I still think it’s underrated,” Wright continued. His remarks emphasize the importance of Rice’s role in maintaining Arsenal’s competitive edge and driving their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Wright also expressed his hope that Rice can maintain his exceptional form into the next season. “We are seeing it as normal and what the man’s doing at the moment for us is not normal, and fingers crossed, he can do it again next season,” he added.

Rice’s arrival and subsequent performances have clearly had a profound impact on Arsenal’s fortunes. His ability to consistently deliver top-tier performances has not only strengthened the team but also raised expectations for the future. As Arsenal look ahead to the next campaign, the influence of Declan Rice will undoubtedly be a key factor in their ongoing quest for silverware.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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