Pep Guardiola just hates playing against 24-year-old Arsenal star

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Tim Sherwood has claimed that Arsenal star Declan Rice is just a big nuisance for Pep Guardiola after Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Emirates last weekend.

The Gunners hadn’t beaten City in the Premier League since December 2015, when Arsene Wenger was still at the helm. Mikel Arteta and co were desperate to end that terrible run, and they finally managed to do it on Sunday. Rice had a fantastic game.

Tim Sherwood says Arsenal star Declan Rice is a nuisance for Pep Guardiola

Arsenal beat Manchester City for Declan Rice‘s signature in the summer.

The Englishman is a world-class midfielder. He has all the qualities to be a club’s main man in the middle of the park, and he has been showing his class in an Arsenal shirt this season.

Rice started in the middle of the park against Manchester City on Sunday, and he was brilliant. The defensive side of his game was just exceptional, and he’s one of the biggest reasons why the Gunners managed to win the game.

Tim Sherwood raved about Rice and claimed that he is a nuisance for Pep Guardiola, suggesting that even the best manager in the world hates playing against him.

He said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “I just think that Declan Rice was a huge plus for them. If people ask ‘are Arsenal stronger this year than they were last year?’ Absolutely!

“When you sign a player like Declan Rice, with his control, maturity in the middle of the pitch, breaks up the game – he’s got more than that.

But in the game yesterday (Sunday), he knew his job was to break it up,

It was to fill in front of Saliba, Gabriel, just be a protector, and that’s exactly what he did.

“He’s a nuisance for Pep Guardiola and teams like that. If you want to try and exploit and get into them little pockets, he just puts out fires all the time. He’s always there, he’s like a bad smell, he just will not go away. Arsenal – brilliant signing for them, absolutely magnificent.”

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