Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

EPL: Rice scores first West Ham goal to defeat Arsenal

EPL: Rice scores first West Ham goal to defeat Arsenal

Ozil has missed a number of games this season, with differing reasons given for his absence. "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.

Emery left Mesut Ozil out of his matchday squad for the trip to West Ham despite the playmaker returning to training following an injury. If we can win today we are playing against Chelsea with a three-point maximum distance. Like I said we win with him and lose with him. I don't think Arsenal are in a position to be leaving Mesut Ozil totally out of the 18. We could've won or lost.

Declan Rice has been grabbing all the headlines on Sunday morning following his match-winning display for West Ham against Arsenal on Saturday which saw him score his first Hammers goal. "We continue working with every player because they are all important, but the decision was to come with these players".

Gray feels that players are clever now and that Arnautovic's actions point out that he is likely to leave the club.

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.

"We will see what happens in the next few days", The Sun quote the Hammers boss as saying.

Marko Arnautovic salutes the crowd as he is substituted against Arsenal (Yui Mok/PA).

"I have been in these situations a lot of times. [N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".

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

"I'm sure that we are seeing a top player soon and we will see not only for West Ham but also for the national squad that he decides to play for".

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