Declan Rice refuses to celebrate after screamer against West Ham with last kick for Arsenal in London Stadium thrashing

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DECLAN RICE refused to celebrate after scoring against West Ham.

The Arsenal midfielder grabbed his side’s sixth goal with a screamer at the London Stadium on Sunday.

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Saka makes it five, Rice makes it SIX…

How many goals are Arsenal going to score here?! 😳 pic.twitter.com/LjBoBto7g3

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 11, 2024

His goal was Rice’s last involvement of the match before being replaced by Mohamed Elneny.

It was his first league return to the Hammers since leaving to join Arsenal in the summer.

Rice added his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute as he pounced on a loose ball around 30 yards from goal.

The midfielder lashed the ball first time past Alphonse Areola and into the top corner.

He immediately held his hands up, almost apologetically, and refused to celebrate against his former club.

After graduating from the Hammers academy, Rice made 245 senior appearances for West Ham.

The 25-year-old also captained the club as they won the Europa Conference League last season before his move to North London.

However, he was still met with boos from the home supporters on Sunday afternoon.

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Rice was substituted off by Mikel Arteta after scoring, with Arsenal 6-0 up at the London Stadium.

Goals from William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel and Leandro Trossard fired the Gunners into a four-goal half-time lead.

The dominant display saw thousands of home fans leave the stadium at half-time, with the mass exodus caught by the Sky Sports cameras.

Saka added a second after half-time before Rice’s long-range strike completed the scoring.

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