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Rice underlines his potential with winner as Gunners fall flat again

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While body language experts debated whether Marko Arnautovic was waving goodbye or thanking the crowd for a warm round of applause after his substitution in the second half, it was a day when the limelight ended up shining on the local lad who has been earmarked as the leader of West Ham's next generation.

They have a rich heritage of producing their own in these parts and there is no doubt that they have unearthed a gem in Rice, a youngster whose maturity continues to take the breath away.

There was a brief flurry from Arsenal, Iwobi threatening, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing over.

After all the fuss over Arnautovic's desire to take a lucrative offer from an unnamed Chinese club, the biggest roar here was reserved for the moment when a crisp finish from Declan Rice gave West Ham the edge over one of the blander Arsenal sides in recent memory.

The West Ham manager was just as delighted his side provided further evidence that his attacking approach is working.

"I am pleased with the way we played," Pellegrini said.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder was influential in the No 10 role and produced the assist for Rice's goal.
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