West Ham United star Declan Rice put London rivalry aside to applaud Arsenal defender David Luiz for his display in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City on Saturday – and Arsenal fans have responded.
Luiz, 33, has been in disappointing form for Arsenal since his move from Chelsea – being the source of criticism for supporters since his move to the Emirates. Many were unimpressed when he was handed a new one-year deal.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain star was arguably Arsenal’s best player – other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – against City at Wembley, as the Gunners beat City 2-0. Aubameyang netted both goals.
Despite West Ham and Arsenal renowned for having a degree of rivalry given both are from London, Rice applauded the Brazilian ace on Twitter as the apprentice beat the master – with Mikel Arteta getting one over Pep Guardiola.
What a performance from David Luiz???
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) July 18, 2020
Rice’s future could change hands this summer. Though the England international seems committed to the Hammers, ESPN claim Chelsea are interested in the £70million-rated midfielder – who left Chelsea for West Ham as a trainee.
Paul Merson, meanwhile, recently told Sky Sports that Arsenal should be considering the versatile midfielder who scored a stunning 25-yard effort against Watford on Friday: “I don’t know why Arsenal aren’t looking at Rice.”
Indeed, Arsenal fans responded to Rice’s Tweet about Luiz, and many have urged the London-born England ace to consider a move across London and join Arteta’s side in the coming months.
We still need a back up for Partey and you’re welcome to join Arsenal mate
— Mat ?? (@guendouzx) July 18, 2020
Come to The Carpet and be a part of Mikel Arteta's sensational Arsenal team.
— a pimp named slickback (@ReissNelsonsPop) July 18, 2020
— Zeus Cannon (@Zeus_Cannon) July 18, 2020
just come to Arsenal
— el_sulton???????⛵?? (@el_sulton1) July 19, 2020
You want to come play for @Arsenal ?
— Epa Ranzee (@ranzeewire7) July 19, 2020
Come to Arsenal please
— Weffrey Jellington (@jeffwellz) July 19, 2020