Declan Rice Sets Arsenal’s Premier League Record With Long Range Strike Against Chelsea

Declan Rice Sets Arsenal’s Premier League Record With Long Range Strike Against Chelsea

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 22, 2023 at 12:32 PM
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  • Declan Rice scored a long range strike for Arsenal in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea
  • The goal sparked a late comeback draw for the Gunners despite Chelsea being the better team
  • Rice's goal set a Premier League record for Arsenal since data were collected in 2006

Declan Rice wrote himself into the history books with his long range strike, which sparked a late comeback for Arsenal in the 2-2 draw against rivals Chelsea.

Chelsea were the better side and were in control of the game for most of the 90. They were deservedly in a two-goal lead until they capitulated in the 77th minute.

Cole Palmer opened the scoring from the penalty spot after William Saliba handled the ball in the box, and a penalty was awarded. Former Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk doubled the lead in the second half with a screamer.

The Blues would have themselves and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to blame for not going home with all three points after late goals from Rice and Leandro Trossard.

Rice sets Arsenal record

The 24-year-old was given a golden opportunity by Sanchez, who sent a pass straight at him despite not being under pressure, and the former Blues academy star made no mistake.

As noted by Premier League stats, the goal was scored from 36.6 metres out, a record for the Gunners in the league since data were collected in the 2006/07 season.

Per The Athletic, Arsenal shelled out £105 million, which is a record fee for a British player in the summer to land the English midfielder from West Ham.

He has settled seamlessly into Mikel Arteta's team that finished runners-up for the title last season and limited the impact of Thomas Partey's absence due to injury.

The home side also had two expensive midfielders - £106mil Enzo Fernandez and £115m Moises Caicedo on the pitch yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

Mudryk scores screamer against Arsenal

Sports Brief reported on Mykhailo Mudryk's screamer against Arsenal. He saw goalkeeper David Raya off his lines and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed strike.

If Arsenal had not gotten a point from the encounter, the goal would have hurt their fans the most, as he was a player their club spent months chasing before their rivals swooped for him.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.