Carragher warns Rice


Carragher warns Declan Rice that joining Arsenal will bring “no guarantee” of major trophies.

Jamie Carragher has warned Declan Rice that joining Arsenal will bring “no guarantee” of major trophies.

The 24-year-old won the Europa Conference League with West Ham in what will almost certainly prove to be his final appearance for the club, and he has made it clear over the past year that playing in the Champions League is his priority.

Arsenal can offer him that and Mikel Arteta will hope Rice can help his side mount another serious Premier League title challenge next season, having fallen short to Manchester City this time after a stumbling run-in.

The Gunners really have to prove that their title bid was not “a one-off”, according to Carragher, who believes joining any club other than City in search of the biggest prizes is a risk.

Talking to the London Evening Standard Carragher said: “It is difficult with Declan Rice, and I think Harry Kane falls into this one too, they are at clubs that probably aren’t going to challenge for the Premier League or Champions League,” 

But unless you go to Man City, there is no guarantee you are going to come out with trophies that you want. But you want to give yourself the opportunity and the tough question for Arsenal heading into next season is whether this was a one-off or whether they can be consistent and challenging the biggest sides because it hasn’t happened for a long time.

“I always felt he [Rice] would end up at Chelsea, but he could go to Arsenal and it could go great for him. He’s a step up from what they’ve got but there is no guarantee he will go onto win the biggest trophies with them.”

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