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Arsenal manager Arteta talked about the natural leader mentality of Rice

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In the second half of his pre-West Ham press conference, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta chatted about the impact of Declan Rice,

The difficulty facing David Moyes’ sides, his love of Takehiro Tomiyasu and the way Gabriel Magalhaes has changed his mentality to become a big figure at Arsenal. 

On his expectations for Rice…

Yeah, we were expecting the best, obviously, because we had to pay big money and we knew the player really well,

But something else is the way he’s fitting in, and how loved and respected he is already at the club, in the team.

Then obviously the performances he’s put in every single week,

He’s probably been one of the most consistent players again in this season and especially in big, big games. He’s been incredibly strong for us, to help us to win those games, so we are delighted to have him.

Arsenal manager is happy with Rice

On what Rice is worth now…

No, that’s not for me to do. I don’t know, when we talk about those figures, I get lost. 

On David Moyes’ sides being difficult to break down…

That’s exactly that, they are very difficult to break down when they go ahead as well in the scoreline. It gets even more difficult. We generated so much as well, especially at home, but we could not capitalise on that.

He’s got this talent as well. His teams always have that talent that when you leave the window open a little bit, they are ready to take any advantage from it. That’s the game we’re going to play on Sunday again. 

On West Ham new boy Kalvin-Phillips…

Yes, obviously he made his name playing at Leeds and the way he did

And the performance, the consistency that he showed in that team.

And then he had a big move and he has everybody’s respect because at the national team level as well, he’s done some important things as well. So he’s a big talent. 

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