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Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal

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Declan Rice's first goal secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal in a capital city derby clash at the

The victory in Saturday's early kick-off saw the Hammers move up to eighth in the table, on 31 points, ahead of the bulk of the weekend's fixtures.

Irish teenager Rice gave himself an early present for his 20th birthday on Monday by scoring the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half.

The defeat dented Arsenal's bid to break into the top four, with the Gunners still adrift of Chelsea -- who face strugglers at later Saturday -- in the race for a place.

named in their starting line-up despite the Austrian forward's brother and agent saying Thursday he wanted to move to the

Former Arsenal favourite started against his old club as the made his debut for the Hammers.

Arsenal's and Shkodran Mustafi returned from for Arsenal but there was no place in Unai Emery's squad for

The match was goalless at the interval following near-misses by and Hammers playmaker

That all changed in the 48th minute.

Mustafi's poor clearing header fell to Anderson, whose ball came to Rice via a neat lay-off from Nasri and Rice's first-time shot gave Arsenal goalkeeper little chance.

Arsenal pressed for an equaliser but the Hammers survived three minutes of stoppage time as they held on for victory.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 20:45 IST
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