In a thrilling North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening, the Gunners’ new signing, Declan Rice, found himself at the center of attention, for unfortunate reasons. The highly anticipated clash ended in a 2-2 draw, but it was bad for arsenal by the unfortunate injury suffered by Rice.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed the news after the match, revealing that Rice had sustained a back injury during the first half of the game. Concerns as the English midfielder didn’t receive medical attention on the pitch, and it soon was seen that he would not be able to continue.
As a result of the injury, Arteta made the tough decision to substitute Rice at half-time, a decision that undoubtedly had a significant impact on the tactical dynamics of the match. Rice had shown promise in the midfield before his injury, and his absence was felt as Arsenal navigated the second half.