Declan Rice’s midfield masterclass against West Ham set a new Premier League record in Arsenal’s 6-0 win on Sunday.
Rice helped Arsenal put his old side West Ham to the sword with two assists and a long-range striker at his old stomping grounds, the London Stadium.
The England international, who was booed by some sections of the home support, may not have celebrated his goal but may have done so after the match in setting a Premier League record this season.
Rice recorded a WhoScored rating of 9.84, which is the highest rating by a midfielder this season in the Premier League, better than Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri and Bruno Fernandes.
It was Rice’s corner that helped the Gunners break the deadlock after half an hour, planting a cross straight on to the head of William Saliba who was nodded away.
What followed was a 15-minute siege that saw Arsenal score three more times with goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard.
Gabriel’s goal came from another perfect performance from Rice, who gave the Brazilian the simple task of placing his header on the cross to pass Alphonse Areola.
But the 25-year-old, who made 245 appearances for the Hammers, wasn’t done yet and scored a shout after latching on to a moment of confusion from Martin Odegaard and Trossard.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta immediately took Rice out with the score at 6-0 and Rice received a standing ovation from sections of the crowd who had yet to leave the ground, quite a turnaround from the reception he initially received.
“It’s always difficult to come back to your old club,” Arteta said. “The fans were really good to him (Rice).
“When he went to take the corner they applauded him so it’s great to see that kind of reception.
“He loves this club so much and I know what it meant for him to play today.
“We must share the objectives. This desire and this commitment to enter the box to make things happen was excellent.
Arsenal are tied on points with Manchester City but remain third despite the same goal difference. Liverpool are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Although their glut of goals on Sunday certainly helped their cause, City still scored three more in the Premier League while Arsenal face Burnley next Saturday.
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