Declan Rice believes Arsenal’s “never-say-die” angle can cause them to Premier League glory this season.
The England midfielder headed residence a last-gasp winner as Mikel Arteta’s facet got here from behind to safe an exhilarating 4-3 victory at Luton on Tuesday night time.
Rice nodded in Martin Odegaard’s cross to spark scenes of untamed celebration within the away finish after Kai Havertz had earlier drawn them stage at Kenilworth Street.
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The guests had led 2-1 at half-time as Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus scored both facet of Gabriel Osho’s equaliser however two errors from goalkeeper David Raya gifted Luton the lead.
Elijah Adebayo headed in a nook with Raya stranded because the Spain worldwide got here off his line and received nowhere close to the ball earlier than Ross Barkley’s shot squirmed underneath his physique to take the roof off Luton’s well-known previous stadium.
Arsenal, although, proved their title-winning credentials by battling again to go 5 factors clear earlier than Wednesday night time’s video games, and Rice believes their knack of scoring late can galvanise the Gunners this season.
“I believe final 12 months they have been eight factors clear and clearly misplaced the title,” the £105million summer season signing mentioned.
“This 12 months there undoubtedly appears to be a unique really feel across the place by way of being stern, being regular, being composed in huge moments.
“Luton City brought on us a large risk and it regarded like we have been going to drop factors. However this season, it’s that never-say-die angle that we’ve received that we hold pushing, hold preventing to the top and I believe that’s our fifth objective in added time.
“I believe we must always begin scoring some a bit earlier! However to attain in added time, it reveals what we’re manufactured from and we’ll by no means cease believing.”
Rice’s header was the ninth league objective Arsenal have scored within the 84th minute or past this marketing campaign, with their late reveals incomes them a further 9 factors.
Arteta was booked for his over-zealous celebrations following Rice’s winner and can now be banned from the dugout for Saturday’s journey to Aston Villa.
For Luton, it was a story of what might need been on an evening after they went toe-to-toe with a crew that spent 248 days on the prime of the desk final season earlier than dropping out to Manchester Metropolis.
“Proud. Devastated – the 2 phrases are proud and devastated,” skilled winger Andros Townsend mentioned when requested to explain his emotions.
“Proud as a result of it was a tremendous efficiency towards one in all Europe’s greatest golf equipment, rating three targets, press increased to not give them any time on the ball, to have possibilities.
“To nonetheless lose it, devastating, however on Sunday we’ve received Man Metropolis, so we now have to drown our sorrows after which we now have to take the positives and sit up for one other powerful sport.”