West Ham vs Arsenal
West Ham took on Arsenal this Saturday as they looked to push for a European spot.
The Hammers started the day in 10th place but could have moved as high as 7th with a win over Arsenal.
Arsenal, on the other hand, started the day in 5th place and needed to win to keep the pressure on the top four.
The Gunners would start Saturday’s game the brighter of the two sides.
Alexander Lacazette would link up well with Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to create a few early chances.
Declan Rice impresses once again
However, West Ham holding midfielder Declan Rice would be a key part of the Hammers keeping the score at 0-0.
No player made more recoveries (4) in the first half of West Ham vs. Arsenal than Declan Rice.
So brilliant at reading the game. 🧲 pic.twitter.com/wecSxMJpYT
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 12, 2019
West Ham would eventually grow into the game and finish the first 45 with eight goal attempts to Arsenal’s six.
Perhaps West Ham’s best player of the first-half was Rice.
The 19-year-old has now featured in 20 of West Ham’s league games this campaign and is even attracting the attention of Man City.
Rice was once again superb vs Arsenal although he did miss West Ham’s best chance of the first half.
But the midfielder would make up for it shortly after the break as he scored his first ever West Ham goal.
Declan Rice is the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for West Ham for the best part of ten years!
The last one?
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 12, 2019
Social media reaction
Painful to be an Irishman watching Declan Rice playing, and being really f*cking good.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 12, 2019
Declan Rice is very good.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) January 12, 2019
Declan Rice a lovely player to watch. So neat and tidy and calm on the ball. Nuts he is 19. I could just about work a washing machine by that age.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) January 12, 2019
Declan Rice is a special talent isn’t he?
His composure and reading of the game at his age is genuinely phenomenal. Big future ahead of him #WHUARS
— Toby Cudworth (@themasterplan87) January 12, 2019
I genuinely love everything Declan Rice does
— Cal (@Dixngology) January 12, 2019
Every time I watch Declan Rice play I’m amazed at how advanced he is for his age – without a doubt he’s going to be world class within the next 2-4 years. #WHUARS
— Ryan WT (@RyanThomsonKOL) January 12, 2019
GIVE DECLAN RICE THE BALLON D’OR NOW
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) January 12, 2019