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West Ham fans clash with Arsenal fan seen in the home end | Declan Rice gets mixed reception

West Ham fans took to clash with an Arsenal fan who eventually got removed by stewards after being seen in the home end on Wednesday night.

A clip has emerged on social media showing the moment get rather heated with pushing, shoving and fists thrown, before security came and took the individual away, with Hammers fans heard praising their own for fighting the opposing supporter.

Ollie Beavis tweets: “This was next to me, stewards did the right thing to remove him otherwise he would of been in trouble. Couldn’t hear the conversation but seeing about 30 people telling him to go to the away end is pretty evident. You’d be mad to start chanting where he was”

The game also saw Declan Rice receive a mixed reception by West Ham supporters on his return to the London Stadium, facing his former club for the first time since making his £105million switch to Arsenal.

The Gunners midfielder had been put on the bench for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup trip, but when brought on, he had applauded by the home faithful as he warmed up during the first half.

Mikel Arteta went on to sub Rice on, and while some in the stands rose to their feet and applauded him, he was also booed, especially every time he touched the ball.

Rice’s introduction didn’t have much of an effect as West Ham extended their lead to 3-0 just minutes after he entered the pitch.

Martin Odegaard did however get a consolation goal right at the end.

Ahead of the cup clash, Moyes urged Hammers fans to welcome Rice with ‘open arms’.

“You’ve got to remember this is the man who lifted this club’s first European trophy in more than 50 years,” He said.

“He should be welcomed back with open arms. We’re all looking forward to seeing him again.

“He was a brilliant member of the team. He led the team brilliantly well. He conducted himself impeccably as a West Ham captain and as a player.

“The most important thing was that he gave 100 per cent in every game, even though we sort of knew he probably wasn’t going to stay at West Ham.

“So all credit to him. He conducted himself brilliantly well and for that alone he deserves to be cheered.”

Rice posted a photo via his Instagram stories, with the following message: “Despite the result, loved being back at the stadium & seeing so many familiar faces.

“Thank you West Ham fans for the reception. Will be forever grateful to all of you.

“Wish you all nothing but the best for the rest of the season. See you soon!”


Player ratings (via Sky Sports)

West Ham: Fabianski (8), Coufal (7), Mavropanos (7), Aguerd (8), Emerson (7), Alvarez (8), Soucek (7), Bowen (8), Paqueta (8), Kudus (8), Benrahma (7).

Subs: Ward-Prowse (7), Kehrer (N/A)

Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), White (4), Gabriel (5), Kiwior (5), Zinchenko (6), Jorginho (5), Vieira (6), Havertz (5), Trossard (5), Nelson (6), Nketiah (6).

Subs: Rice (6), Tomiyasu (6), Saka (6), Martinelli (6), Odegaard (7).

Player of the match: Lucas Paqueta.

West Ham 3
White (og) 16′
Kudus 50′
Bowen 60′

Arsenal 1
Ødegaard 90+6′

West Ham boss David Moyes: “A solid team performance. I thought the forward players did a really good job. Then good defensive organisation and shape. I thought for the most of it we coped well. Maybe we’re becoming quite a good cup team. I want to be a good league team. You don’t get any trophies for [this win tonight] but you can only take the game and see what’s going to come next. The draws are hugely important.”

On ending three-game losing streak: “It was a week. We had a bad week. Before that, it had been a good start to the season, top of the group in Europe. It’s difficult to do more than that. We didn’t play well at Villa who have won 14 in a row at home, then Olympiakos away. The hard one was Everton but Thursday-Sunday is a problem and we found that at the weekend.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I’m very disappointed. I am responsible for that, we’re out of the cup and we wanted to play a very different game. We wanted to compete in a game like this, which we discussed for 48 hours, in a very different way. The game took a direction because of the first goal and we can discuss that but we have to see much more from the team to earn a result at a place like here.

“If there is VAR there’s no [first] goal, that’s for sure. I understand it’s difficult for the referees because of the angle and the amount of people there. I don’t want to use that as an excuse but that takes something in the game that is very important which is momentum.”

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