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Captain Noble hails ‘role model’ Rice after Arsenal heroics

West Ham skipper Mark Noble has hailed the abilities of Declan Rice after his brilliant winning goal against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Irons turned in a performance of the highest quality against the Gunners at the London Stadium, as Manuel Pellegrini’s men ran themselves into the ground. 

Unai Emery’s side were limited to half-chances, with Rice impressing at both ends of the pitch.

And after missing a gilt-edged chance in the first-half, the midfielder netted the winner just two minutes after half-time.

The impressive Samir Nasri fed Rice in the penalty area, and he curled a wonderful effort into the top corner to hand the Hammers all three points.

And Noble admires the qualities he sees in Rice, insisting that all youngsters looking to make their way in the game should look up to the teenager, who turns 20 in just two days.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said:  “It was hard work. I thought we played brilliantly in the first half without an end product and I am delighted for this young man to score the goal.

“You could hear it from the fans as well. It has been a special six months for Declan, after signing his new deal with the club.

“I would be surprised if he sleeps tonight. He is a special talent and keeps working hard. If any young footballers across the country need someone to look up to, Declan’s your man.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Captain Noble hails ‘role model’ Rice after Arsenal heroics

  1. So pleased for Declan what a performance starting to love you man. Nice to see a loyal future legend score ! ⚒ . Great team performance well played lads keep it up . COYI ⚒

  2. Nobes and dec were superb today!! Great 3 points!!

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