Arsenal’s Manager Arteta Provides Rice Injury Update
Mikel Arteta has provided an explanation for Declan Rice’s premature substitution during the highly anticipated north London derby against Tottenham. The Arsenal manager expressed his disappointment over missed opportunities and the failure to secure a victory despite taking the lead twice.
The Gunners kicked off the game with a fortunate own goal by Romero, and David Raya showcased his brilliance with a remarkable save to deny Spurs’ opening goal. Although Arsenal regained their lead after Postecoglou’s side equalized, they ultimately settled for a draw, resulting in a loss of two crucial points.
In a post-match interview, Arteta divulged details regarding Rice’s injury, stating, “He experienced some discomfort in his back and informed us during the first half that he was not feeling comfortable.” The manager further explained that Rice’s condition prevented him from continuing in the game, leading to a necessary substitution at halftime.
Arteta added, “Hopefully, this won’t be a prolonged issue, but we need to assess him. It is unusual for a player of his caliber to request a substitution due to discomfort.” Arsenal fans anxiously await updates on Rice’s status, hoping for a swift recovery.
Source: September 25, 2023