“Ultimately one in all their probabilities will result in something, with their free-flowing football they managed to get through. Then your backs are against the wall and it’s right down to us to maintain going and we tried to do this but we couldn’t, we couldn’t rise up the pitch, they smothered us.”
Rice’s contract at West Ham expires at the top of next season, though the club do have an option to increase it by an extra yr. He only turned 24 on Saturday, so would slot in with the age profile of player Arteta has targeted in recent windows.
Rice has rejected all offers of a renewal at West Ham as he considers his future. Arsenal won’t overpay for him but it surely is obvious he admires the project Arteta is constructing on the Emirates.
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