Declan Rice’s three-word swipe at Eddie Nketiah during the Arsenal v West Ham melee

Declan Rice meets Eddie Nketiah, who was ready to assert himself, prompting the West Ham midfielder to shout something at the Arsenal striker

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Mikel Arteta reviews Arsenal’s win over West Ham

Arsenal continue to show a different side to them this season as Mikel Arteta’s men used their street savvy Watch a hard-fought victory at the London Stadium.

The Gunners were known for not being able to handle adversity when things didn’t go their way in a game. When they conceded a goal, they often tended to collapse under the pressure.

But that was not the case against west ham – and not all year yet – as Gabriel responded to Jarrod Bowen’s equalizer to seal a 2-1 win that could prove to be a crucial three points at the end of the season as they look to carve out a top four – Secure placement.

arsenal went ahead in the first half with a Rob Holding header, but their momentum was cut short when Bowen delivered a sucker punch just before half-time. The game hung in the balance with the Hammers arguably the better of the two teams, but the Gunners came into the second half with more intent when a Gabriel header regained the initiative.

Arsenal endured a late surge from West Ham but didn’t back down under the pressure secured a 2-1 win. The North Londoners were far from the best but still managed to grind out the three points.

Throw in the fact that Tottenham had she skipped in the First League Table after a 3-1 win leicester City, they showed real courage to stand up and be counted while showing a degree of maturity to see the game through.

That fighting spirit and skill was perfectly embodied towards the end of the game as they attempted to pull down the clock. Arsenal resorted to some tactics to halt West Ham’s momentum when Eddie Nketiah came up short of an Aaron Creswell free-kick late in the game.

Declan Rice took offense at Eddie Nketiah’s tactics


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This prompted an angry reaction from the West Ham defender, who grabbed Nketiah’s shirt, leading to a scuffle involving almost every player on the pitch as both goalkeepers charged out. Eventually the players were separated and distributed before Nketiah was booked, but Declan Rice wanted more.

He went to Nketiah, who was ready to stand his ground. This prompted Rice to yell “mouth shut” at the Arsenal forward

It was like water off a duck’s back for Nketiah as Rice wasted only his own side’s time, allowing the forward to keep hitting back at his former side Chelsea teammate.

Nketiah knew exactly what he was doing and deftly drew the line between turning down the clock and risking being sent off – a sort of veteran move the Gunners wouldn’t have attempted last season.

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