2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Declan Rice (48')

Arsenal beaten as teenager Declan Rice nets first West Ham goal

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal: Nasri notches assist in Prem return (1:14)

Samir Nasri assisted on Declan Rice's winner as West Ham defeated Arsenal at home for the first time since November 2006. (1:14)

Declan Rice scored his first West Ham goal as Arsenal's top four hopes were dented following defeat at the London Stadium

The result means Manchester United will move level with Unai Emery's men with a victory at Tottenham on Sunday and could even overtake Arsenal should they win by three goals or more.

Arsenal old boy Samir Nasri made his first Premier League start for West Ham against his former club and almost produced an assist in the first half when he showed great composure to hold the ball up and lay the it off to Felipe Anderson on the edge of the box. However, the Brazilian could only fire wide.

West Ham came close to opening the scoring when Rice headed wide when unmarked from a corner just before half-time.

But, the 19-year-old did not have to wait too long to get off the mark, curling in a beautiful effort from a Nasri lay off three minutes after the interval as Arsenal failed to clear a West Ham corner.

Arsenal were unable to muster a clear cut chance in response, although leading scorer, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang fired over when he could have done better.

Alexandre Lacazette then had a double chance early on and Matteo Guendouzi's 25-metre effort flew just wide but Arsenal struggled to exert any sustained pressure.

Alex Iwobi shaved the post with a low shot but Arsenal failed to score for the first time in 21 Premier League matches.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was disappointed with his side's approach to the match.

"We didn't impose ourselves on the game but we had enough (quality) players to win the game," he said.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini took Marko Arnautovic off for Andy Carroll on 71 minutes and the Austria forward, who is reportedly close to moving to China, appeared to be waving goodbye to the London Stadium faithful.

The victory takes West Ham to eighth place -- level on points with Leicester in seventh.

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21