“For me, he’s the best player in the world but unfortunately Arsenal fans don’t know his worth”- Man United Legend Rio Ferdinand claims Arsenal now have a player who is worth £210M and is better than Bruno Fernandez and Rashford combined- Not Saka, Not Saliba and not Trosaard
In a recent episode of The 2 Robbies Podcast, pundit Robbie Earle made a compelling claim regarding Arsenal’s summer signing, Declan Rice, stating that the midfielder is an ‘unappreciated’ player who is easily worth double the hefty transfer fee paid for him.
Despite arriving for a British record-breaking fee of £105 million from West Ham over the summer, Earle suggests that Rice’s true value is around £210 million, underscoring the transformative impact he has had on the Arsenal squad.
The praise for Rice’s performance comes in the aftermath of Arsenal’s hard-fought 1-0 victory against Brentford, where Kai Havertz secured a last-minute winner.
While the Gunners struggled to break down a resilient Brentford side, Rice’s commanding display, particularly in the midfield, caught the attention of pundits and fans alike.
Earle emphasizes Rice’s seamless integration into Mikel Arteta’s team, highlighting the added physicality the 24-year-old has brought to the midfield.
Despite initial skepticism surrounding the substantial transfer fee, Earle contends that Rice has become a dressing room-changer, elevating his value beyond the financial investment Arsenal made in the summer.
Speaking on the podcast, Earle stated, “Declan Rice is a dressing room-changer. He’s that big.”
While acknowledging that Rice is appreciated, Earle emphasizes the midfielder’s drive and impact on the team, particularly in crucial moments of the game.
Robbie Mustoe, responding to Earle’s assessment, notes that while £105 million was a significant investment from Arsenal’s perspective, the performances and influence of Rice on the pitch make him a valuable asset.
Earle goes further, suggesting that Rice’s impact is so significant that one would willingly pay double the initial transfer fee for what he brings to the team.
Rice’s consistent performances under Arteta this season have indeed positioned him as a linchpin in Arsenal’s midfield.
His contributions, both defensively and in setting up attacking plays, have played a pivotal role in the team’s success.
As Arsenal currently leads the Premier League table, Rice’s influence is evident in the team’s ability to grind out wins, showcasing the effectiveness of his addition to the squad and justifying the substantial investment made in acquiring his services.