Pat Rice wants banned manager back for Arsenal
Pat Rice revealed last night revealed that he hated every minute of Arsenal’s dramatic draw in Germany. The Gunners No2 stood in for Arsenal boss Wenger, who was serving a touchline ban.
Rice, who saw Robin van Persie’s opener cancelled out by a stunning 88th-minute strike from Ivan Perisic, said: “Did I like it? No. It has never been one of my ambitions to be manager of a football club.
“It was too stressful for me and extremely strange not to have the manager with me. He is normally shouting in my ear.
“It was a strange decision by UEFA for him not to be on the bench.
“But we battled really hard and we knew it would be a hard game. I don’t think many teams will beat Dortmund.
“Dortmund are a really good side. No question. From our point of view, we wanted to win the game. We were so close. We were very near.”
Dortmund equalised with a stunning 25-yard strike from substitute Perisic.
Rice said: “Their player could try that 35 or 40 times and he would hit it wide. It was a great goal.”
Asked if Arsenal have turned the corner, Rice added: “Very much so. Particularly the game on Saturday when we beat Swansea.
“It seemed as though it was our start to the season after uncertainty. The players we have signed are very good, contrary to what other people have said. I am sure they will show it in the games to come.”
Rice also praised skipper Van Persie, who discussed tactics with stand-in boss Rice during breaks throughout the game.
He said: “Robin is the club captain and we encouraged him to be verbal on the park and off it.
“He was asking me one or two things about what we could do better and I was saying one or two things which could make the team better.”
Van Persie struck in the 42nd minute with a superb right-foot shot after being put through by Theo Walcott.
Rice said: “As for the goal, it is nothing unusual to see Robin do that. It was a great run by Robin and a terrific ball through.
“It was unusual to see Robin hit it with that foot but it proves he is not a one-foot footballer.”