Ally McCoist has endorsed the potential transfer of West Ham’s Declan Rice to Arsenal, believing that the Gunners, though trailing Man City, have the ability to bridge the gap faster than Man United.
- Ally McCoist believes that Declan Rice should join Arsenal over Manchester United.
- Arsenal are preparing a £90m bid for Rice following West Ham’s Europa Conference League final win.
- The Gunners also have an eye on Brighton midfielder, Moises Caicedo.
McCoist’s Arsenal recommendation for Rice
The Arsenal advantage
McCoist has backed Arsenal, expressing that although they are trailing Manchester City, the Gunners’ trajectory of growth seems more promising.
Man United Vs. Arsenal: The Rice conundrum
The West Ham captain, valued at £100 million, is in the sights of Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, McCoist’s commentary on talkSPORT leaned towards a move to Arsenal for Rice.
His rationale: Erik ten Hag’s United are still several players behind their city rivals. This insight has shifted the narrative, hinting that the Gunners might be a more strategic choice for Rice.
“If I’m Declan Rice and I’m weighing up my options, I’m probably thinking I’d rather go to Arsenal than Manchester United,” McCoist said.
“I looked at Manchester United at the [FA Cup] weekend, and I know they’ve won the League Cup, but they look as though they’re four or five players behind Manchester City.
“I still think Arsenal are well behind Manchester City, but I think they’ve got the potential to get nearer to them quicker.”
Gunners on the move
Arsenal are expected to make a hefty £90m bid for Rice after West Ham’s Europa Conference League final win last week.
Given Rice’s established career in London and his apparent comfort in the city, this move could prove beneficial for all parties involved.
Arsenal’s interest in Moises Caicedo, the Brighton midfielder, further showcases their intentions to enhance the midfield, as Mikel Arteta’s side seeks to build on this season’s progress.