EPL: Rice scores first West Ham goal to defeat Arsenal

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

The Hammers beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a Declan Rice goal and Arnautovic, who was subbed off in the second half, first clapped and then waved goodbye to the fans in what looked like a message of thanks to the supporters.

It is thought that Rice will make a decision before the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign which begins in March and Rice's West Ham teammate Michail Antonio gave a positive update, from an Irish point of view, on where the young star's loyalties lie.

The result means Manchester United could move level with the Gunners in the Premier League table, should they collect all three points against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

Arnautovic has become a key player for the London club, with the former Stoke City man being transformed into a top-notch striker during his time at West Ham.

When pushed over why he left Ozil out, Emery said: "I decided the players I think are the best for this match".

'Simply because he should have the opportunity to either play his way into form or get him on there and he'll play himself out of form so we can see exactly what is happening with Mesut Ozil. "This result makes that more hard". "We are working on that". We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment. A 2-1 win at Bournemouth in November was the only time Emery conceded the former Germany global was left out for tactical reasons.

Suarez flourished under Emery during a single season loan spell at Sevilla in 2014/15, helping the club win the Europa League.

Emery has an agreement with Barcelona's Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do. In that position it is very necessary for us to have players like that because the other three players - Wilshere, Lanzini and Yarmolenko - all have injuries.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article