Arsenal is currently only one point behind league leaders Manchester City after having a strong start to the Premier League season.
Declan Rice has settled in quickly and has been a major contributor to their early-season success, it is fair to say. In fact, Rio Ferdinand recently asserted that this season, Rice has been Arsenal’s finest player.
The England player has started every league game and has played a variety of midfield roles.
Rice now says that Arteta prefers a more methodical style, but Moyes would instruct him to go locate the ball at West Ham.
Rice recounts what West Ham manager Moyes told him.
Rice stated that after being instructed to “get on the ball” at West Ham, he must exercise greater patience at Arsenal due to the contrasts in attitude.
He stated, “You never want to stay stale.” “I play a little different role at Arsenal.
Whether I can play further up the pitch is a topic of much discussion. “Roam, do what you need to do to get on the ball,” [David] Moyes used to tell me at West Ham when I was more of a boxer.
“It’s more regimented and requires more patience at Arsenal.” It’s important to be more progressive since we see a lot more of the ball.
“I had to make a change because I had played primarily for a team that was excellent at counterattacking.”
Naturally, the news that Rice received different instructions at West Ham is hardly shocking.
The England player was the Hammers’ main man when it came to winning the ball back and also served as their playmaker.
Jorginho and Martin Odegaard are two examples of Arsenal players who can control the tempo of the game.