Declan Rice has scored his first West Ham goal.
The teenager produced a brilliant finish past Bernd Leno as the Hammers beat London rivals Arsenal 1-0 at the Olympic Stadium.
Rice – who recently signed a new long term deal with the club – has become the first teenager to score for West Ham in the Premier League since 2009.
West Ham broke the deadlock three minutes after half time, with Rice finding the top corner after being teed up by former Gunners playmaker Samir Nasri inside the area.
“I can’t put it into words,” Rice told Sky Sports afterwards.
“All the lads keep on at me to shoot, but I probably pick a pass,” he said.
“I thought, ‘why not take it on’, and it went in the top corner.
“Recently I’ve been getting myself into the box more and getting closer. I was gutted I missed the header just before half-time, but then managed to get the only goal of the game to beat Arsenal. It’s a special moment.”
Rice enjoyed another superb game in midfield for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, completing 41 passes, making 10 ball recoveries, making three interceptions, and winning two tackles.
Afterwards, Pellegrini described his versatile youngster – who was named as the man of the match – as “the complete player”.
“He is improving in every game,” the Chilean said.
“He has showed good technique and good in aerial duels, I think we are seeing the complete player. At 19 years old, I am sure we will see a top, top player.”
It was just West Ham’s third Premier League home win over the Gunners, who had two late goals ruled out due to offside.
Unai Emery’s visitors managed a meagre two shots on target in the game, and have now won just one of their last seven matches on the road.
The Hammers, on the other hand, have now won six of their last nine matches, and could challenge for a Europa League place.
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He is a qualified journalist, and a long-suffering Meath and Liverpool supporter.