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.
Arsenal's bid to sign their number one transfer target, Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, have been significantly boosted with the club hopeful that the player will put pen to paper and complete a deal with the club next week. I don't think Arsenal are in a position to be leaving Mesut Ozil totally out of the 18.
Twin defeats would leave Emery's first season at the Emirates in ruins before the end of January, with his specialty the Europa League the only trophy left to chase, and Sokratis admitted: "We have to win both of them". We could've won or lost.
"Big teams want to have the best players but I think we must remain calm about the situation. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players", added Emery.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini took Marko Arnautovic off for Andy Carroll on 71 minutes and the Austria forward, who is reportedly close to moving to China, appeared to be waving goodbye to the London Stadium faithful.
Declan Rice made headlines yesterday when he scored the victor for West Ham in their derby against Arsenal, putting the icing on an accomplished midfield display.
"We'll see what happens in the next days", Pellegrini told Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old had missed the Gunners' last three matches due to a knee injury, but confirmed himself that he had had a full week of training and seemingly expected to be welcomed back into the squad. "[N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking". "We need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our ideas and our quality".