Declan Rice hits win­ner as West Ham United sink Arse­nal

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Declan Rice’s first goal in the Premier League se­cured West Ham a mem­o­rable vic­tory over Arse­nal at the Lon­don Sta­dium.

For­mer Arse­nal man Samir Nasri, mak­ing his league de­but, set up the teenage mid­fielder to wal­lop home the win­ner from just in­side the box on 48 min­utes as West Ham fans cel­e­brated a fa­mous win over their Lon­don ri­vals.

The Ham­mers were the bet­ter side through­out and Unai Emery’s side could not have com­plained if the hosts led at the break. Felipe An­der­son sent a shot crash­ing inches wide mid­way through the half, while Rice glanced wide from just six yards.

But the 19-year-old made amends with a lovely strike three min­utes af­ter the restart, and though Arse­nal had two goals ruled out for off­side, they weren’t de­serv­ing of any points on the day.

The feel-good fac­tor for the hosts, play­ing in front of a record home crowd, was slightly ham­pered by want-away striker Marko Ar­nau­tovic, how­ever, as the Aus­trian ap­peared to wave good­bye when he was re­placed by Andy Car­roll. A move to China dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow now looks in­evitable for the 29-year-old.

West Ham move up to eighth spot in the stand­ings while Arse­nal - who have lost back-to-back games un­der Emery for the first time - re­main fifth in the ta­ble, and fail to join Chelsea in fourth spot on points.

Emery’s side have now gone five games since their last away league vic­tory, go­ing all the way back to their 2-1 vic­tory at Bournemouth on Novem­ber 25. Since then they have picked up just two points on their trav­els, con­ced­ing an eye-wa­ter­ing 13 goals in the process.

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