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Rice insists ‘no time to panic’ for Arsenal

Declan Rice insists it is ‘no time to panic’ for Arsenal after the North Londoners suffered consecutive Premier League defeats.

Arsenal lost 2-1 at Fulham on Sunday in a disappointing London Derby performance, with the Gunners squandering an early lead to lose for the second successive Premier League game.

 

Bukayo Saka’s opener had put Arsenal ahead, but Raul Jimenez and Bobby Decordova-Reid turned the game around for the home side.

Arsenal are now without a win in three league games and head into the new year fourth in the Premier League table. However, Rice insists now is not the time to panic for the Gunners, with plenty of football left to play.

“Very disappointing. Very tough to take. Not good enough from us again today,” Rice reflected to Sky Sports.

“Obviously the last two results have not been what we have been setting over the course of the season. On the back of the draw at Liverpool we felt we could kick on but two defeats is a tough one to swallow.

“The game against West Ham we had 30 shots, so many touches in the box but couldn’t put it away. Today when go one up we have to have more control. We need to demand more from each other. We had to push on again and go for more. In this league there is no room to mess up. It is a tough one to take.

“We dominated the ball, played good stuff but again not putting the ball in the net. We knew three points would put us back on top. It is two defeats in a row. It is time to reset and we go again.

“I don’t really look at the table. There is a lot of media who talk and say Arsenal will win the league this year. We don’t get involved in that. It is a blip in a road but it is no time to panic. We need to stay positive.”

Read – Arteta: Fulham defeat Arsenal’s ‘worst game of the season’

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