West Ham's Antonio Speaks Out On The 'Difficult Situation' Rice Is Facing

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It is thought that Rice will make a decision before the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign which begins in March and Rice's West Ham teammate Michail Antonio gave a positive update, from an Irish point of view, on where the young star's loyalties lie.

Ozil has missed a number of games this season, with differing reasons given for his absence. I don't think Arsenal are in a position to be leaving Mesut Ozil totally out of the 18.

Inkersole suggests that the Hammers are already in the market for Premier League strikers Callum Wilson, Olivier Giroud and Aleksandar Mitrovic and he also tipped the London outfit to reignite their interest in former transfer targets Wissam Ben Yedder and Moussa Marega.

Here, Emery said: 'The players who were here were the ones who deserved to be at this match.

'Simply because he should have the opportunity to either play his way into form or get him on there and he'll play himself out of form so we can see exactly what is happening with Mesut Ozil.

"If you lose some games, of course you lose confidence, but I don't think confidence is the problem".

Declan Rice has been grabbing all the headlines on Sunday morning following his match-winning display for West Ham against Arsenal on Saturday which saw him score his first Hammers goal.

"If we want to be up there, we have to win".

Speaking to Goals on Sunday, Antonio mentioned that he was hard to put himself in Rice's shoes but having spoken to the 19-year old, he knows that he has loyalties towards Ireland.

Highlights from West Ham's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

"We will see what happens in the next few days", he told reporters, as per The Mirror.

Marko Arnautovic salutes the crowd as he is substituted against Arsenal (Yui Mok/PA). "That to me was a guy coming off and saying "thank you, I've enjoyed my time here, but I'm off".

He is yet to decide whether to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at worldwide level, but Pellegrini is sure that whichever nation he opts to play for will benefit.

"For me he is like another player", Emery added.