Phil Foden named Premier League Player of the Season — Paul Merson explains why it should've been Declan Rice

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Phil Foden named Premier League Player of the Season — Paul Merson explains why it should've been Declan Rice

Speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Merson said: "Declan Rice has taken Arsenal to another level. I think Phil Foden has not taken Manchester City to another level. He's been outstanding, but Rice has taken Arsenal to that other level,

"Rice has just nearly got them to where Man City are. He's been consistent the whole season through. Foden has been outstanding, yes, but I can't remember a game where Rice hasn't been at least a seven or eight out of 10.

"Last season, Arsenal were leaking in goals at the end of the season. We all go on about William Saliba and Gabriel, but if you haven't got that amazing holding midfield player, I don't care how good your centre-halves are."

While Man City managed to beat Arsenal to the title, Foden was named Player of the Season before the 2023/24 Premier League season was over.

Rice didn't let the the £105 million price tag put any pressure on him, quickly establishing himself as a key player for the Gunners under Mikel Arteta.

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