Declan Rice makes Champions League demand as Arsenal teammates sent clear Sevilla message


Declan Rice has encouraged his Arsenal teammates to 'regroup and go again' ahead of the Gunners' clash against Sevilla. The Spanish giants will welcome Mikel Arteta's side to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Tuesday night for matchday three of the Champions League group stage.

Arsenal head into the tie off the back of a draw with Chelsea on Saturday, while Real Madrid found a late equaliser against Sevilla on Sunday. With a day of extra rest in the tank, the north Londoners will be hoping to stabilise their European campaign after a disappointing defeat to RC Lens.

The Gunners kicked off the Champions League group stages with an impressive win over PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates Stadium before crossing the English Channel to lock horns with Lens. The French giants humbled Arsenal, who returned to London Colney with their tail between their legs.

However, Arsenal have responded fantastically with a win over Manchester City and a draw against Chelsea. Arteta's side currently sit second in Group B and, while it's still too early to call, Rice is desperate to venture into the knockout stages.

After salvaging a crucial point against the Blues in the Premier League title race, Rice marked the occasion with a celebratory post to his Instagram story. The 24-year-old wrote: "Another big week coming up. Regroup & go again! Thank you Gunners [red heart emoji]."

Speaking after the Chelsea game, Arteta was quizzed on his players' character – the Spaniard responded brilliantly, sending Sevilla a clear warning. He said: "I could see at half time, it was a knife between our teeth and we had to do better and the game was still there for us. We had that belief.

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"Even with the goal we conceded, we continued to be like this. I loved that about the team and I’m going to demand that from them every single day. This is who we are and the only way to still create a lot of issues with the opponent even when you’re not at your best."

After another shaky performance from David Raya between the sticks, Arsenal fans were heard chanting for Aaron Ramsdale, who will be eager to prove what he brings to the table against Sevilla. On the Englishman, Arteta said: "I love him and I will sing as well for him every single day. We sang a lot for him yesterday because he became a father - the most beautiful thing. He’s someone that has this charisma and personality and he’s very loved around the team."

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