Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal


Declan Rice made headlines yesterday when he scored the victor for West Ham in their derby against Arsenal, putting the icing on an accomplished midfield display.

But, after their latest setback against the Hammers and with a game at home to Chelsea next week, Emery admits Arsenal need to string together a better run of form.

"At the age of 19, I don't think there are many players better than him in that holding midfield position".

Arsenal old boy Samir Nasri made his first Premier League start for West Ham against his former club and nearly produced an assist in the first half when he showed great composure to hold the ball up and lay the it off to Felipe Anderson on the edge of the box. "We need consistency over 38 matches", he said. The Gunners have been missing a spark, suffering three defeats from their last six league games, including yesterday's disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Ham. "It's an issue that the club must see what is the best for him, for the player, for the club, for everyone".

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"The big opportunity for us was that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them". 'Now it's more hard, it's clear. Yet to gain a significant uplift in fortunes in the post-Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal is facing another season in the Europa League unless it wins the competition to qualify for the Champions League. They send little messages to us supporters and everybody who is watching that they have to work out.

At the time of writing there is no official agreement, but Arsenal are hopeful of signing the player on loan with a view for a permanent move in the summer, with The Sun reporting that concrete talks will take place on Monday. We started the season away well, being competitive and winning.

"He is improving in every game he plays, he is now more used to giving us a good build-up in front".