Declan Rice: Arsenal Star Expects Surprises and Miracles in Premier League Title Race

Declan Rice: Arsenal Star Expects Surprises and Miracles in Premier League Title Race

Elijah Odetokun
May 4, 2024 at 4:56 PM
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  • Declan Rice scored and assisted in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Bournemouth
  • The Gunners moved four points clear of Manchester City on the table
  • The Englishman reflected on the Premier League title race after the win

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Declan Rice has shared his thoughts on the Premier League title race after Arsenal beat AFC Bournemouth 3-0 to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Rice scored and assisted as the Gunners outclassed the Cherries for the win, which opened a four-point lead over Manchester City, who have two games at hand.

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Declan Rice celebrates after scoring Arsenal's third goal in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on May 4, 2024. Photo by David Price.
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Pep Guardiola's team play Wolverhampton Wanderers later today at the Etihad Stadium with an opportunity to cut the deficit while still holding the advantage of a game.

Unlike last year, when the race was done by this time of the season after Arsenal capitulated, this season will go down to the final day if both sides keep winning their games.

Rice expects title race surprises

City are in the best position to do what no other team has done, win the English top-flight title four times consecutively, they only have to win their remaining games.

However, Arsenal will have to rely on City dropping points if they want to win their first league title since the 2003/04 season when they went unbeaten.

Speaking to TNT Sports after the game, Rice remains optimistic that surprises and miracles can still happen.

“I wasn’t here last year but I can sense that we are embracing it. Man City are a machine, and they don’t lose many. Anything can happen in football,” he said.
“Surprises can happen and miracles can happen and we just have to stay focused.”

The £105mil midfielder, who was awarded the broadcaster's man of the match, was serenaded by fans at full-time.

Arsenal score controversial penalty

Sports Brief reported on fans arguing over Kai Havertz's penalty call after Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers was adjudged to have fouled the German.

The video assistant referee reviewed the incident and the referee’s decision stood. Bukayo Saka made no mistake from the spot to give the title contenders the lead.

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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.