Declan Rice dents Arsenal bid for 4th place


Declan Rice, right, celebrates West Ham lone goal against Arsenal

Declan Rice’s first West Ham goal secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal in London derby clash, moving the Hammers to the eighth place on the league table.

The victory in Saturday’s early kick-off at the London Stadium moved the Manuel Pellegrini’s boys to 31 points.

Teenage midfielder Rice gave himself an early present for his 20th birthday on Monday by scoring the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half.

“I can’t put it into the words,” an elated Rice told Sky Sports. “The lads are always on at me to take the shot on more.”

West Ham captain Mark Noble was almost as pleased as Rice himself, adding: “I am delighted for this young man to score the goal…He is a special talent and keeps working hard.”

Defeat dented Arsenal’s bid to break into the top four, with the Gunners still adrift of Chelsea — their next opponents — in the race for a Champions League place.

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Source: News Agency of Nigeria