Declan Rice hits winner as West Ham United sink Arsenal
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.