Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal

Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal

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.

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.

There was no place in the Arsenal squad for Mesut Ozil (Adam Davy/PA).

Unai Emery believes Arsenal are now too inconsistent to finish in the Premier League top four.

Emery was asked about why he left Ozil out of the squad when he had little attacking options on the bench. "From the beginning we tried to play as a big team, to have the mentality of a big team, to have an ambitious mind, and I think the team today reflects all I am talking about", Pellegrini told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"We win with him, we lose with him".


The technically gifted player who be a valuable addition given Arsenal's recent wobble. We could've won or lost. "We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players", added Emery.

The Austria global has been heavily linked with a move to a Chinese club, with his brother also coming out to suggest the devastating attacker wants to leave the Hammers.

"I have been in these situations a lot of times".

Mundo Deportivo also claims that Emery's style of play represents a very attractive prospect for Suarez, who has struggled to cement himself in Barcelona's starting line-up this season.

The 19-year-old celebrates his birthday on Monday and has recently signed a new contract with West Ham.

"There is nothing 100 per cent sure so we will see in the next days how it develops".

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