Forget Man United and Man City as Emery urged to complete £40 million Rice deal for Arsenal

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has urged Unai Emery to make a move and try to sign West Ham star Rice.

Rice has become a very in-demand star for many of the top Premier League clubs this season after another impressive season for the Hammers, with his performances even earning him his first England call-up by Gareth Southgate earlier in the season.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini recently admitted that he is unsure about what the future may hold for the 20-year-old, as speculation grows that bot Manchester United and Manchester City are readying a massive £40 million move to try and secure a transfer deal.

But Robson believes that Rice would be the perfect addition to the Arsenal squad, as Emery is seeking to add a top-class holding midfielder.

“I think Unai Emery will be looking for a holding midfield player,” Robson told ESPN FC.

“I certainly don’t think that he is happy with Elneny, Xhaka I don’t think does the job particularly well even though he is a good passer of the ball, and Guendouzi is still a young player.

“So that is why I think that Declan Rice would be a good addition to Arsenal’s squad.

“He has had a good season at West Ham. Is he a good passer of the ball? Well, I think he is very safe with his passing but he does read the game really well and he is a good athlete and he seems to be a good character.

“So I would put that signing as a hit for Arsenal as a holding midfield player.

“I would have him alongside Lucas Torreira. He is a good player who does most thinks required form a holding midfield player really well so Rice could play alongside him because it looks like Emery wants to play two holding midfield players.

“When you have got the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette up front, you need that protection in midfield and he would provide that.”

Rice may not be the big superstar signing that many Arsenal fans would like to see arrive, but Rice is showing great potential in the holding midfielder role and could be a great signing for Arsenal if they manage to complete a transfer deal.

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