Declan Rice makes Arsenal vow and sends title rivals warning after Champions League exit

Apr 19, 2024 | Sports

Declan Rice has opened up about Arsenal’s disappointment following their Champions League exit, acknowledging that the players are “distraught” but promising a “big reaction.”

The Gunners were knocked out of Europe after a defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, and with a second loss in four days, their entire season hangs in the balance. Rice, the Arsenal midfielder, admitted that they have significant regrets, particularly for not capitalizing on their lead in the first leg.

“It’s difficult to put into words,” Rice said. “We’re gutted, distraught really. Over the two legs, we had a great chance to go 2-0 up in the first game. Then, facing an uphill task after going behind 2-1, we managed to bring it back to 2-2. We came here after Sunday, feeling refreshed, feeling ready. You could see a reaction in the first half especially.”

“We played with confidence, just lacking that cutting edge. But again, it comes down to the boxes, and conceding a goal, unlike us, in a game that didn’t really have much in it, is the most disappointing thing,” he added.

Expressing his disappointment, Rice emphasized his hunger, desire, and passion to win for the club. He acknowledged the learning experience from the defeat.

Looking ahead, Rice emphasized the need for a response against the Wolves on Saturday to keep their season alive after last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa, which saw them lose top spot in the title race. He underlined the team’s determination to “stand up and be counted” in the upcoming match.

“As a young group, there’s a lot of demand and pressure on us to deliver, and rightly so because we’re good at what we do,” Rice stated. “This is Arsenal Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and we need to stand tall and be counted for. That starts with Saturday’s game against Wolves, where we aim to deliver a big reaction.”

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