An Arsenal site has made an insulting Declan Rice claim that’s a real slap in the face for West Ham United.
But one is certainly burgeoning in the wake of Declan Rice’s move from east to north London over the summer.
Much has been written and much has been said on both the Arsenal and West Ham side of this new divide.
But he has also made it clear on numerous occasions – including in an interview broadcast before an England match – that he will always love West Ham.
Arsenal site makes insulting Declan Rice claim that’s a real slap in the face for West Ham
Some pundits and fans have claimed David Moyes’ team is better since Rice’s departure with the money raised widely regarded to have been well spent by the east Londoners. Indeed even some managers claim that is the case including none other than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
West Ham fans have long proclaimed Rice to be one of the best midfielders in the world.
Many Arsenal supporters played down such claims when Rice was at West Ham. So the irony is not lost on the Hammers faithful that the same people are now making similar statements about the midfielder.
But faction of the Gunners fanbase has just taken it too far.
Because an Arsenal site has made an insulting Rice claim that’s a real slap in the face for West Ham.
The article, titled “Declan Rice becomes World Class under Mikel Arteta guidance”, states the 24-year-old was merely a “top, top midfielder” during his time at West Ham.
‘Rice was always going to be limited at a club like West Ham… he was not being pushed’
“Before Declan Rice joined The Arsenal, he was a top, top midfielder,” the report states.
“It is testament to both Rice and Mikel Arteta that in their short time working together, Rice has quickly progressed and is now a world class performer.
“Rice always had the natural attributes to become one of the best central midfielders in world football…
“Rice was always going to be limited at a club like West Ham.
“Playing in an average team, with average coaching and surrounded by average coaches, his development had stalled. He was not being pushed on or off the pitch by team mates or manager. A big fish in a very small pond.
“The demands of playing at Arsenal are so much greater than a club like West Ham. He can no longer coast through games and still be praised for being the best player on the team.”
A clear attempt from Arsenal supporters to antagonise an goad West Ham fans of course.
The response is simple.
Last week Rice was nominated for a FIFA World’s Best award for his performances in the last year – when he was a WEST HAM player who lifted a European trophy.
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