Declan Rice admits he’s been ‘really surprised’ by Arsenal teammate since £105m move
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 25
Declan Rice has been impressed by Gabriel since his move to Arsenal last summer (Getty)

admits he’s been ‘really surprised’ by since joining .

Rice made the move to the Gunners last summer in a £105 million deal from and has slotted in seamlessly into Arsenal’s midfield.

But the England international recognises that his own acclimatisation has been helped by the performances of Arsenal’s first-choice centre-backs and Gabriel.

And Rice says the aggression and mentality shown by Gabriel has taken him by surprise.

When asked about Saliba and Gabriel in the build-up to , Rice told : ‘I can’t speak highly enough of them, I’m not going to sit here and lie.

William Saliba and Gabriel have played a key role in Arsenal’s title challenge this season (Getty)

‘I think Saliba is unbelievable, obviously heard about all the talk of him before I come here and the one who’s really surprised me is actually Gabriel.

‘He’s so aggressive, so strong, really wants it all the time, never loses a duel.

‘When you’ve got two centre-backs like that who want it, play aggressive, it really helps and gives you confidence.’

Rice also insisted that he is enjoying the pressure of Arsenal’s Premier League title race.

‘It’s good, you relish it. I think you enjoy the pressures of having to win football matches,’ Rice said.

‘When my career ends I’m going to look back on these moments and wish I had played in more title races.’

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