Nasri Shines as West Ham Beats Arsenal

Nasri Shines as West Ham Beats Arsenal

And the former France worldwide was a key figure for West Ham, setting up Declan Rice for the victor early in the second half.

New Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has vowed to build the team around Rice, who scored his first West Ham goal on Saturday in the Hammers' victory against Arsenal.

Michail Antonio says Declan Rice will find it hard to ignore a call-up from England as he decides whether to represent the Three Lions or Ireland.

Guardiola's side boast a plethora of world-class players, rich with quality in all departments, but lacking in defensive midfield.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Antonio revealed that he had discussed the decision with Rice. I've spoken to him about it, he has got a bit of loyalty to Ireland.

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"I have been in these situations a lot of times". I think he's doing the right thing by taking his time, thinking about the situation. "It's an issue that the club must see what is the best for him, for the player, for the club, for everyone".

Antonio said he believes Rice will start for either team. In the position he's in, at the age of 19, I don't think there are many people better than him in that defensive, holding position. It would require a player of huge talent to overthrow the Brazilian from his position in the staring lineup, yet no long-term replacement is in place for when the ex-Shakhtar player moves on, as their deficiencies became all too evident after his brief spell away with injury.

"But also respect to West Ham, they have good players, with their supporters here they feel strong and maybe for the match, some players like attacking players can help but we had enough with these players".

"He just breaks everything up, full-back goes up he goes out wide to deal with it, he reminds me of N'Golo Kante and Claude Makelele, up there".