Arsenal result: Gunners stung with West Ham grabbing win

Football 12 January 2019 15:15 GMT

West Ham ended a 13-year wait to find a win over Arsenal with Declan Rice struck the winner in a 1-0 win in the premier league to leave the Gunners chances of champions league football in danger.

Manuel Pellegrini. “I was pleased with the consistency of the team. We didn’t allow Arsenal to create chances, they have so many good players in attack.

“We played with the mentality of a big team, we tried to score a second goal. I am happy for them. We have to try to work and play in the same way all the time, against big teams and small teams.

“Declan Rice is improving, he plays a lot of balls in front and not back. In the future he will be a top, top player. Samir Nasri was very good, his pass for Declan was very good.

“He could continue but I didn’t want to take the risk. If he wants to be the player he was a few years ago, he can do it. We will see what happens with Marko Arnautovic in the next couple of days, and will take the best decision for everyone.”

Unai Emery’s was devastated at the 1-0 loss and implication on the race for champions league football. “It is a bad result for us. In 90 minutes we maybe didn’t deserve it. We had chances, but we did not control the game like we want.

“Our reaction after the goal was not efficient, we did not impose our gameplan. We lost a big opportunity to get closer to Chelsea in the table.

“At home we are feeling good but away we are not getting results like we want. We must do more. We need to continue working and gain confidence. The club is working on transfers but I am happy with the players.”

Goalscorer Declan Rice went through how he got his goal in 55 games. “I can’t put it into words. The lads are always on to me to shoot. I thought about picking a pass, but I was in the box and thought why not? Take it on! It’s gone in the top corner, and we’ve beat Arsenal, it’s a special moment! To be fair recently, I’ve been getting myself into the box more recently, and I missed that header before half time. I was gutted with that, but managed to get the only goal of the game. I don’t think I want to be 20 now!”

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