Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes worrying touch upon Declan Rice damage after Spurs draw | Soccer | Sport

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has defined that Declan Rice was compelled off throughout Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham within the north London derby as a consequence of a again downside. Rice lasted simply 45 minutes of the showdown earlier than being changed by Jorginho on the break.

“He was actually uncomfortable in the course of the match,” Arteta advised Sky Sports after the conflict. “He had some again difficulty and we needed to take him out. We misplaced 4 big gamers for us [recently] and at present we misplaced Declan as properly. We play on Wednesday however these are the issues that now we have to get used to.”

The Spaniard additionally defined in his post-match press convention that the damage was “hopefully not” long-term however hinted it might be vital as “it’s unusual {that a} participant like him has to return off… so we’ll see.”

Rice has been a key participant for Arteta since becoming a member of the Gunners from West Ham in the summertime and had performed the total 90 minutes of his group’s first 5 Premier League matches. However the England midfielder was already mentioned to be managing a calf damage from pre-season so could now require a spell on the sidelines earlier than he is able to get again to full health.

Arsenal took the lead simply after the halfway level of the primary half towards Spurs when away defender Cristian Romero deflected Bukayo Saka’s curling effort previous keeper Guglielmo Vicario. However the Lilywhites drew degree simply earlier than the break because the excellent James Maddison broke into the penalty space earlier than pulling the ball again to Son Heung-min, who stroked the ball into the far nook of the online.

Saka then saved his nerve to nudge the hosts forward for a second time from the penalty spot within the early phases of the second half. However the Gunners have been then discovered wanting on the again moments later as Maddison and Son mixed as soon as once more to degree the scores.

Arsenal pushed for a winner as they tried to shut the hole to Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis. However the north London groups ended the sport with a share of the spoils, which retains them each unbeaten after six video games apiece.

“We’re very disillusioned to not win the three factors,” Arteta added as he addressed the media. “Particularly if you go twice in entrance. Particularly the second after we conceded the targets. We may have scored 2-0 within the state of affairs with Gabi (Gabriel Jesus). We lacked some composure on the ball to get into the ultimate third.”

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