- Declan Rice was given a warm welcome on his return to the London Stadium
- It was Rice's first appearance back at West Ham since moving to Arsenal
- REPORT: West Ham comfortably beat Arsenal 3-1 to advance in Carabao Cup
Declan Rice was given a warm reception by West Ham supporters on his return to the London Stadium on Wednesday, as he faced his former club for the first time since making his £105million summer move to Arsenal.
The Gunners midfielder was named on the bench for Arsenal's Carabao Cup trip across the capital on Wednesday and had been given a round of applause by the Hammers faithful as he warmed up during the first half.
His inclusion saw the home support rise to their feet, applauding their former captain who had guided them to Europa Conference League glory earlier that year, ending the club's trophy drought.
The England international replaced Jorginho, and while he received a good reception initially, Rice was then booed by the West Ham fans every time he touched the ball.
Declan Rice was given a standing ovation on his return to the London Stadium on Wednesday
Rice (right) started the Carabao Cup clash on the bench for the Gunners in east London
Rice's introduction didn't seem to have much of impact to begin with, with West Ham extending their lead to 3-0 just minutes after he entered the pitch.
On the hour mark, Jarrod Bowen extended the Hammers' lead to three to put David Moyes' side in complete control.
Martin Odegaard did pull one back for the Gunners with the last kick of the ball but it saw Rice and Co dumped out of the Carabao Cup on what was an unhappy return to his former stomping ground.
Rice, 24, moved across London for a club-record £105million in the summer.
Ahead of the clash, former manager Moyes implored Hammers fans to welcome their ex-skipper 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.
Rice (right) was given a round of applause by the Hammers faithful as he warmed up
Rice's introduction didn't make the desired impact, with Arsenal conceding not long after
'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.'
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