'Outstanding' Declan Rice gave Arsenal momentum when we needed it, says Mikel Arteta

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  • Rice handed Arsenal the lead with a late goal
  • Arteta hailed Rice for his contribution
  • Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1

WHAT HAPPENED? Rice scored a late goal to put Arsenal in front against Manchester United before Gabriel Jesus netted a third to seal the fate of the game. After a memorable win over the Red Devils, Arsenal manager Arteta hailed Rice for his contribution to the team's victory and was happy to see his side stage a comeback after going a goal down.

WHAT THEY SAID: The Gunners boss said after the match: "He was outstanding, but the whole team was as well. Rice gave us the momentum in the moments the team needed it. It is a beautiful thing how these turn around and we won the game. We have been so dominant. Against Fulham, it was a similar story. The team deserves more. When I see a team with that will to win, the eagerness to go and go, it is beautiful."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The English midfielder scored his maiden goal for the Gunners on Sunday since joining them in the summer from West Ham for a club record transfer fee of £105 million ($137m).

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WHAT NEXT? Rice will be next seen in action for the England national team when the Three Lions take on Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifying game on September 9.

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