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Video: Watch as West Ham man embarrasses Declan Rice with wonderful piece of skill

It was a night to forget for Declan Rice against his former club as West Ham put on a counter-attack clinic to win 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Tomas Soucek put the Hammers in front in the first half when Jarrod Bowen managed to keep the ball in play at the byline and find the Czech international who fired it into an empty goal.

Then in the second half, former Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos came back to haunt the Gunners as the Greek international sprung in the air to meet James Ward-Prowse’s effortless corner delviery to make it 2-0.

Another highlight of the night came when Brazilian left-back Emerson tricked his way past his former teammate Rice, who could not get anywhere near him after being misdirected with wonderful trickery.

Rice also compounded his miserable game when he conceded a penalty right in front of the away supporters that once adored him. Luckily for the midfielder, David Raya was able to save Said Benrahma’s penalty in the final seconds of the game.

West Ham take the lead in the London derby at the Emirates thanks to Tomas Soucek’s strike.

Brazilian left-back Emerson swung in a sumptuous cross from the left side, and after a deflection, Jarrod Bowen had to stretch to keep the ball in play. VAR later confirmed he did. Bowen’s stretching pass found Soucek free in the six yard box who smashed the ball home to an empty net.

 

Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell has urged the club to sell Emile Smith Rowe and use the money to sign Ivan Toney.

After coming so close last season, Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his squad can go one step further and lift the Premier League title this campaign.

Although he has built a more defensively sound team capable of controlling games home and away, many believe they are one piece away from having a genuine title-winning side.

Gabriel Jesus has undoubtedly helped transform this Arsenal side since making the move from Manchester City but he lacks a real goalscoring edge.

Many fans have called for the club to sign a striker capable of rivalling the league’s best in the goalscoring charts but that may be difficult to achieve in the January window.

Due to Financial Fair Play, Arteta may not be able to afford the quality needed but former player Campbell has urged the club to sell Smith Rowe to fund a move for Brentford’s Toney.

“You don’t want to see the Smith Rowes leave the club, a young player coming through the ranks, but if you are going for a title you have to be ruthless.” He said on talkSport via TBR Football.

“If you can move and shake a couple of players and then create an opportunity to get someone like [Ivan] Toney that’s what you have got to do.”

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