Tuesday 12 Jan
Updated Tuesday 12 Jan 09:00
On this day

On This Day: Declan Rice's first goal the matchwinner against Arsenal

 

Taking a look back at a classic West Ham United moment on this day in history, in association with RoadX Tyres...

On this day two years ago, Declan Rice produced an Individual Performance of the Season award-winning display for West Ham United against Arsenal - capped by his match-winning first senior goal.

Just two weeks after the Academy of Football graduate had put pen-to-paper on a new long-term, the then-20-year-old showcased the complete sum of his talents with a battling, creative - and ultimately decisive - display at London Stadium.

Rice was outstanding that afternoon in the deep-lying midfield role, and topped his showing by controlling a first-time finish into the top corner from Samir Nasri’s pass three minutes into the second half.

His celebrations at the time - and at the full-time whistle in the 1-0 win - said it all.

"I think you can see in the celebration how much it meant to me!” Rice later told West Ham TV. “I wanted to jump in with the fans, to be honest, because they’re the ones who support me every week and show me the love but I would have got a yellow card, so I didn’t do that! It was a special moment."

You can relive Rice's memorable goal above!

RoadX Tyres is West Ham United's Official Tyre Partner. RoadX Tyres is a new tyre brand which successfully launched around the world at the end of 2019. The company focuses on providing comfortable and durable high-performance tyres and is backed with the highest level of testing, manufacturing, and research and development capabilities.
 

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