David Moyes has harsh words for Declan Rice following Arsenal error

David Moyes has harsh words for Declan Rice following Arsenal error

The previous Lyon man might be hoping to proceed his sturdy kind when Arsenal host Atletico Madrid within the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening.

West Ham were on their way to picking up a valuable point at the Emirates before Rice ducked to allow Aaron Ramsey's cross from the left to bounce past a wrong-footed Joe Hart with nine minutes to go.

Wenger, who said on Friday that he will leave at the end of the season after 22 years, saw Nacho Monreal volley his side into a 51st-minute lead.

Success in that competition would give Wenger the flawless send-off and hand his successor a Champions League passport.

One of the biggest issues in recent seasons that Wenger has failed to correct has been the lack of quality and organisation in defence.

David Moyes knows better than most the perils of succeeding a long-serving and successful manager so when the West Ham boss is well aware of the pitfalls that could await whoever succeeds Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

West Ham, who had dominated much of the first half, drop to 15th place, six points from the drop zone.

That contract, signed when the ex-Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland manager replaced Slaven Bilic in November, offered no guarantees nor clauses that Moyes would remain.

With Moyes rarely gambling on maverick flair players in the past, Arnautovic's prospects appeared bleak when the Scot walked in to take charge.

A midfielder who often, as was the case today, deputises at centre-back, Rice was central to keeping the Gunners honest, with the close-run game pegged at 1-1 heading into the final ten minutes.