Gunners hero sends message to Arteta about possible £80 million Arsenal signing

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Is Rice leaving Hammers?

Arsenal hero Lauren says Mikel Arteta cannot bank on signing West Ham star Declan Rice this transfer window.

Rice is easily one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League and a man that dominates the transfer headlines on a daily basis as all the big clubs are keen on signing him.

It is said that Arteta wants to spend a club-record £80million of the defensive midfielder to provide competition and cover for Thomas Partey with the team set for the added challenge of the Champions League next season.

Partey has been brilliant ion the middle of that Arsenal midfield – but if he gets injured – the Gunners will not have the adequate cover to replace his power and quality and that is why Rice is wanted

But Lauren hopes that this transfer talk does not distract the manager and the players, telling FairBettingSites: ‘Arsenal have to be focused on the current team they have and not on new potential additions.

‘If there is a good opportunity in the transfer market, then Arsenal will go for it. Look at Eddie Nketiah, we have to deal with what we have in the squad already.

‘Why do we have to believe that Thomas Partey will get injured? He’s doing well, looks strong and we have to focus on the positive things rather than potential issues like an injury to Partey.

‘Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga will be up to the task if that was to happen. But I don’t want to think of Declan Rice or any new additions.’

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Right now that Arsenal squad is working fine – they are staying away from key injuries and that is why they could win that Premier League title.

Declan Rice would be a great signing – but he is not needed right now

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