Declan Rice’s first Premier League goal secures West Ham United a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio showed West Ham’s attacking ambition early on with a 60-yard run down the right wing, with his pass inside eventually leading to a chance for Mark Noble who scuffed his 20-yard effort straight at Bernd Leno.
Otherwise it was Arsenal who started the stronger, with Alexandre Lacazette forcing a 13th-minute save out of Lukasz Fabianski with a low shot, after his driving run from Alex Iwobi’s pass had taken him beyond the penalty spot.
The Frenchman had another sight of goal moments later but could not keep his header down from a cross from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who would have had a shooting opportunity himself with a better pass from Matteo Guendouzi.
West Ham grew into the game after the opening 20 minutes, with new signing Samir Nasri instrumental in much of their attacking play. The playmaker had a chance to score against his former club when he dragged wide following a one-two with Marko Arnautovic.
Nasri’s layoff teed up Felipe Anderson for a piledriver which had Leno beaten but flew just wide, and Guendouzi came equally close for Arsenal at the other end on 35 minutes, rustling the side-netting with a shot from 25 yards out.
The best chance of the first half fell to Rice, who glanced a header from Anderson’s corner wide of the far post, but he did not have to wait long to make amends with his first Premier League goal within three minutes of the restart.
Arsenal failed on several occasions to clear from a set piece and were made to pay as Rice showed admirable technique and composure to bend the ball beyond Leno from 15 yards out, Nasri registering the assist on his first Premier League appearance since August 2016.
The Hammers had not kept a top-flight clean sheet at home since September’s stalemate with Chelsea and their defence suffered a couple of nervy moments in the aftermath of the goal, a slack pass from Pablo Zabaleta gifting the ball to Guendouzi who shot wide from the edge of the box.
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