West Ham followers boo Declan Rice as Arsenal star makes first return within the Prem
The former Hammers captain was in motion towards his former aspect for the third time on Sunday afternoon. Rice had already featured in two losses to the Irons this season, one coming on the Emirates the place he suffered a torrid exhibiting and the opposite being an EFL Cup look off the bench in November, the place Arsenal have been knocked out.
Any hope that he could be obtained effectively by the identical east Londoners who as soon as adored him was immediately thrown out the window as his title was booed after being known as out on the tannoy.
And the very fact he led the membership to its third European trophy with the Europa Conference League in 2023 made no distinction, as one other refrain of boos rang across the London Stadium when he had his first contact of the ball.
Rice, who joined West Ham as a 14-year-old, broke into the primary staff and have become the membership’s talismanic chief earlier than departing final summer season. The central midfielder made 245 appearances for the Irons, who lastly cashed in on Arsenal’s £105million provide after an extended switch saga.
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Hammers followers did seem to let up on their brutal therapy of England star Rice as the sport went on. The 25-year-old obtained a murmur of boos as he approached the stands to take his nook kick within the first-half.
But he was additionally met with some applause, which he responded to by clapping his former followers and exhibiting that there was nonetheless a glimmer of respect between all concerned.