Declan Rice, a star for Arsenal, slammed two players after Arsenal’s terrible performance against Lens last night, saying, “He keeps wasting all my chances and causing Bukayo Saka to get injured.”
Declan Rice addresses Arsenal’s shortcomings in light of Lens’ dramatic Champions League victory.
After Lens overcame an early Arsenal advantage to win 2-1, Declan Rice and company were forced to reflect on their season-opening defeat.
Declan Rice feels that Arsenal’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Lens was caused by a lack of decisiveness on their part.
The Gunners seized the lead in the 14th minute, but goals from Adrien Thomasson and Elye Wahi on each side of halftime offset Gabriel Jesus’ strike. After the game, Rice evaluated his team’s performance and told TNT Sports, “I feel we created enough to win the game, for sure.”
We missed a number of big chances. Both their first goal and the second goal we produced as a result of our own problems have excellent finishes. Although I believe we were the better team, they were no easy opponent. There was just one more thing that had to be there; we had to be there. They merit praise. They played solid defense, and some of their center backs put on excellent performances.
Rice, on the other hand, is of the opinion that there is no need to panic right now. There are still 50 games left in the season after ten, according to the £105 million midfielder. “We’re just warming up and getting into our groove, but the league has our full attention again, and Sunday’s game is huge.”
Key player Bukayo Saka might not play in that “massive game” against Manchester City, who are competing for the Premier League title. Arteta acknowledged that because the England international was taken off during the first half, he is still unsure of the extent of his injury.
The Gunners boss lauded Lens in the same manner as Rice and added, “They are a really good side, exceptional opponent.” They scored in one move after we took the lead. After the break, we had a fantastic opportunity.
It’s true that, unlike other times, we didn’t provide enough of a danger in the final third. Certain localities were spared our attacks. The difference between this game and the one against PSV [Eindhoven] was in the boxes; we failed to take advantage of several excellent opportunities and our defense wasn’t strong enough to stop their goals.
The difference was created in both boxes, he added, adding that errors in football happen and will continue to happen in some capacity. Both scoring goals and strong defense are required. It was a significant evening for us. Although we were unable to achieve the desired result, we did learn something.
After defeating PSV 4-0 in their opening match, Arsenal is now second in their group. They will leave on
October 24 for Sevilla.