Arsenal Loses 1-0 Against Westham….Watch Full Match Highlights
Will Marko Arnautovic stay, can Samir Nasri recapture past glories, and where was Mesut Ozil? Amid all the question marks over big-name performers, it was home-grown prospect Declan Rice who had the decisive say as West Ham deepened Arsenal’s problems on the road.
Rice, who turns 20 on Monday, lashed home early in the second half to leave Arsenal without an away league success since Bournemouth last November.
The future of the London-born defensive talent is already assured, having recently signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension. His international destination is less certain – he is eligible for either England or the Republic of Ireland – but this was another step on the way to wider recognition.
Just how much longer Arnautovic resides in east London remains to be seen. The Austrian striker appears to have set his heart on a move to Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG, who are reportedy ready to double his wages.
West Ham have already rebuffed a £35 million offer from the Chinese but after Arnautovic’s brother presented an impassioned case for the move to go ahead, the saga threatens to overshadow the forthcoming weeks.