RICE DELIVERS ON SPECIAL OCCASION

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    By the time Anthony Taylor blew his whistle to signal the end of this pulsating encounter, neutrals were already in unison as to why Mikel Arteta was so keen on adding Declan Rice to his already talented roaster.

    United started the game in blistering fashion as Arteta's men surprisingly ceded possession, obviously wary of Marcus Rashfords devastating impact on the counter. As if the Spaniard had the epiphany of what was to come, the Englishman opened the scoring in brilliant fashion by arrowing an acute shot into the top right corner after maneuvering his way into Arsenals box (18) from a neat through ball by Christian Eriksen.

    Undeterred by going behind, Martin Odegaard restored parity within a minute with an expertly taken goal by lashing onto a Martinelli cut back after fine work down the left.

    With the game edging towards regulation time, substitute Alejandro Garnacho thought he had won it for the away team, however, VAR intervened and flaged the goal for offside as it was interpreted that the Argentine started his run quite early.

    Up to that moment, Declan Rice had been the standout performer who brought serenity in a game characterized with tension, devoid of quality level both manager would usually expect.

    The record signing most telling contribution came in added time as his ricochet half volley which found its way to the back of the net sent the home fans into delirium.

    As the cacophony of Rice's goal began to give way, Fabio Viera teed up his fellow substitute Gabriel Jesus who wrong footed Àndre Onana to make it three (3) when sent through on goal after United poured bodies forward in search of an equalizer.

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    Arsenal will go into the international break in high spirit as there's no margin for errors with relentless City in front. On the flip side, Ten Hag and his team will head back to Manchester with the realization that a top (4) berth equates their progress as they are no where near title contenders.

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