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Declan Rice thinks that Arsenal’s determination and resilience could help them win the Premier League title this year.
On Tuesday night, the midfielder for England scored a winning goal in the last moments of the game, helping Mikel Arteta’s team come back from being behind to win an exciting match against Luton with a score of 4-3.
After Kai Havertz equalized the score at Kenilworth Road, Rice scored off of Martin Odegaard’s cross, causing a frenzy of jubilation among the away fans.
At the end of the first half, the visitors were winning 2-1 with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus on either side of Gabriel Osho’s equalizer. However, Luton gained the lead due to two mistakes made by goalkeeper David Raya.
Elijah Adebayo scored a goal from a corner kick, catching Raya off guard as he left his goal and failed to reach the ball. Ross Barkley’s shot slipped under his body, causing a moment of excitement in Luton’s renowned stadium.
However, Arsenal demonstrated their ability to win the title by overcoming a deficit and taking a five-point lead before Wednesday’s matches. Rice believes that their talent for scoring late goals can motivate and strengthen the team this season.
The summer signing, who cost £105million, stated that last year they were ahead by eight points but ultimately lost the championship.
This year, there is a noticeable change in the atmosphere regarding the importance of remaining serious, consistent, and calm during critical moments.
The team from Luton Town posed a significant threat to us and it seemed like we were going to lose points. However, this season, our never-give-up mentality has helped us push and fight until the very end. I believe this is our fifth goal scored during added time.
I believe it would be beneficial to start scoring earlier. However, scoring during added time demonstrates our determination and unwavering belief.
Arsenal’s Rice scored a header in the 84th minute or later, marking their ninth league goal of the season. Their late-game performances have garnered them an extra nine points.
Arteta was booked for his over-zealous celebrations following Rice’s winner and will now be banned from the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.
Luton’s experience can be summed up as a missed opportunity, as they faced off against a team that dominated the top of the table for 248 days last season before ultimately being surpassed by Manchester City.
Andros Townsend, a seasoned winger, expressed that he felt both proud and devastated when asked to describe his emotions.
I am proud of our incredible performance against one of the top clubs in Europe. We scored three goals and pressed aggressively to prevent them from having any time with the ball, creating opportunities for ourselves.
“We’re disappointed to lose, but we have to move on and focus on our upcoming match against Man City. We’ll take some time to process our emotions, but then we’ll shift our focus to finding the positives and preparing for another challenging game.”