Following their 2-2 draw at the London Stadium, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice received a signed shirt from Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard.
Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Arsenal secured a 2-0 lead with a goal from Gabriel Jesus and a second from Martin Odegaard.
After Gabriel Magalhaes made an erratic challenge in the six-yard box, Said Benrahma was awarded a penalty, which he effortlessly converted, leading to an uneasy afternoon for the Gunners.
Despite Bukayo Saka missing a spot-kick, Arsenal’s troubles continued as Jared Bowen capitalized on the opportunity and scored a well-executed volley.
The result leaves Arsenal with a slender advantage over Manchester City, as they prepare to face Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad in 10 days’ time.
However, on a glum afternoon for supporters, there were plenty of signs to suggest Rice may be on his way to the Emirates next season.
Odegaard signs shirt for Rice
Since expressing his desire to play in the Champions League, West Ham’s Declan Rice has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, with Manchester United and Chelsea also reportedly interested in the 24-year-old midfielder.
However, recent reports indicate that Arsenal is the frontrunner to secure his signature.
Martin Ødegaard signing a shirt for Declan Rice… interesting… #beINPL #WHUARS ⚒️🔴pic.twitter.com/tdUxRyHr8g
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) April 16, 2023
And in another twist in the transfer saga, Rice was spotted asking for Odegaard’s signature in the tunnel after the match, suggesting he is a huge fan of the Norwegian playmaker.
Indeed, the pair may be teammates next season, or at least that’s the opinion of Jamie Carragher who implied a deal had already been agreed between the two parties.
When asked about rumours linking Rice with a move to north London, Carragher told Sky Sports: “It might be a little bit more than that.”