Arteta explains why he sent ‘Rice’ to play center.

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Mikel Arteta has revealed he selected Declan Rice at centre-back for the draw with PSV Eindhoven as an emergency trial,

with “The Gunners Having qualified for the knockout stages, Arteta made eight changes to the team in the final group game, with

William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kai Havertz among the players. 3 players who continued in the starting line-up from the defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, with Eddie Nketiah standing in front and scoring in the 1-1 draw with PSV. However,

Arteta surprised a bit when he brought on Rice as a substitute in the 62nd minute to play at centre-back,

another professional defender, Jakub Kivior, being deployed at left-back. and was on the field for the full 90 minutes, but with Yerrion Timber still not recovering from his injury, Arteta had the former West Ham United star play to control the defense. ufabet

“We have very few defender options. I’d like to try it out when something comes up. How do we fix that situation? And I think it came out really well,” said the Spaniard.

“He has played there before. And we must try to experiment in case of emergency. I have to make sure I can fill the gaps correctly.”