Declan Rice has failed to impress against his former club West Ham United in both of their meetings since he joined Arsenal in the summer.
On November 1, 2023, West Ham defeated Arsenal 3-1 at the London Stadium. Rice was largely anonymous in the game, and he was substituted in the 70th minute.
On December 28, 2023, West Ham repeated the trick, winning 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Rice was once again below his best, and he was replaced in the 60th minute.
The two defeats have been a major setback for Rice, who was seen as one of the key signings of the summer for Arsenal. He has struggled to adapt to life in north London, and he has been criticized for his performances.
Rice’s struggles against West Ham have been particularly surprising. He was a key player for the Hammers for many years, and he was instrumental in their success in recent seasons.
It remains to be seen whether Rice will be able to turn his form around. He has the talent to be a top player, but he needs to find a way to perform consistently for Arsenal.
David Moyes, the West Ham manager, will be pleased with his side’s performances against Arsenal. They have now won both of their meetings this season, and they have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Moyes will be hoping that his side can continue their good form in the new year. They are currently in sixth place in the Premier League, and they are only six points behind Arsenal.