Declan Rice reveals how his West Ham teammates encouraged him to shoot more often after opening his account with winner against Arsenal
- Declan Rice seized his first career goal at his 55th appearance for West Ham
- His Hammers teammates have urged him to try his luck for the goal
- The 48-minute strike by the midfielder led to a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday
Andy Sims, Press Association Sport
Declan Rice revealed how his West Ham teammates encouraged him to try his luck for the goal after he finally opened his account against Arsenal.
Midfielder Rice, who turns 20 on Monday, grabbed his first career goal at his 55th appearance for the Hammers.
It was also a vital attack, snatching away from Samir Nasri three minutes after half-time to win a 1-0 victory for a record crowd of 59.946 at the London Stadium.
Midfielder Declan Rice seized his first career goal at his 55th appearance for the Hammers
I can not put it into words, & # 39; Rice said on the club's website. & # 39; I think you could see on my face how much it meant to me.
& # 39; And the way the team celebrated, how much it meant for them to score, because they were all playing on me to score and start shooting more.
& # 39; To get the three points, to defeat Arsenal and to score for me, is unbelievable.
Samir put it back and I knew I was in the box, but I did not really know where the goal was, because I was standing next to it. It was a clean stroke, a clean connection and there were many bodies in the way and it went straight to the top corner.
& # 39; You could see at the party that I probably did not know what to do, but I'm very happy! & # 39;
For Arsenal, it was a fifth defeat of the season that blew their top four ambitions, and they have won only four of their 11 games on the road this season.
Rice's 48-minute strike led to a 1-0 win for West Ham on Arsenal on Saturday
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But Captain Laurent Koscielny told the club website: & # 39; We do not think about that. We take the game after game.
& # 39; We have prepared well during the week and we had the ambition to achieve the three points.
& # 39; But in football you do not know, you have your opponent and I think they played well with quality.
& # 39; We must maintain our trust and continue to work together, and the results will come. & # 39;
The West Ham teammates of the teenager have urged him to try his luck for the goal