EPL: He became a real leader – Micah Richards salutes Arsenal star

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reserved special praise for Gabriel Magalhaes for his recent performance against Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on Sunday. According to Richards, Gabriel should be given credit for stepping up as a leader in the Gunners’ back four, aside from William Saliba who won the Player of the Match award for his defensive efforts. He believes the Brazilian has improved so much and has become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s defensive setup. Recall that Arsenal kept a clean sheet against Man City, allowing only one shot on target in a top-of-the-table clash that ended in a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Gabriel. Saliba got Man of the Match and I think there was talk about Saliba and how well he is done. “But Gabriel has improved so much as well, and become a real leader of that back four. He really has.”

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EPL: ‘He’s a star’ – Micah Richards names Chelsea player that impresses him

Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards has identified Chelsea winger, Raheem Sterling as the player that impressed him following the Blues’ recent Premier League defeat to West Ham United. Richards branded Sterling as a ‘star’, adding that the England international had rolled back a couple of years and had got back to his best form. Sterling had a poor first season (2022-23) at Chelsea since joining the west London club from Manchester City. He scored nine goals and provided four assists in 38 games across competitions. Speaking on the The Rest Is Football podcast, Richards said: “A star for me was Sterling. Sterling was excellent. This was Sterling from two years ago. “A lot of people said he can’t play on the right; a lot of his good work came down that right, jinking and jiving. “Good end product at times. If only someone was there to put it away.”

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