EPL: He’s sharp, honest – Declan Rice names Arsenal star who has surprised him
Declan Rice has highlighted the Arsenal player who has left the strongest impression on him since his move to the west London club from West Ham United.
Having completed a £105 million transfer earlier during the summer transfer window, Rice swiftly secured victory in the Community Shield alongside the Gunners. He also played a pivotal role in their triumphant league opener against Nottingham Forest.
As he continues to integrate with his teammates, the English midfielder appears to be fostering positive connections within the squad.
During an interview conducted by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand on TNT Sports, Rice was prompted to reveal the teammate who has exceeded his expectations.
“When we were in America for pre-season, there’s one player who truly stood out – Martinelli. His level of sharpness during training was unparalleled. I’ve never witnessed someone so on point,” Rice disclosed.
He further emphasized, “Martinelli possesses an incredible swiftness. In fact, I believe he’s even faster in a sprint than Bukayo Saka. Without a doubt, these two individuals on the wings are incredibly fearsome.”