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Premier League Awards: Rice’s rocket, Hammers humbled

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the weekend.

Moment of the Week

A woeful West Ham were humbled at home by Arsenal this weekend, with the Irons fans making sure their feelings were known at half-time.

Thousands headed for the exits at the London Stadium as Arsenal scored four before the break, and David Moyes is expected to come under huge pressure after this result. The Scot has been a divisive figure at West Ham despite the club’s celebrated European success last season and questions will be asked in the wake of this horror show on home soil.

The defeat was West Ham’s heaviest at home in the Premier League and joint-heaviest of all time, along with an 8-2 loss to Blackburn 60 years ago.

Player of the Week

Bruno Guimaraes earns our Player of the Week award after a match-winning performance from the Magpies midfielder at Nottingham Forest.

The Brazilian was at the centre of everything good for Newcastle and scored twice to keep alive the club’s hopes of European football next season.

Guimaraes scored the first of his brilliant brace after evading attention to volley home Kieran Trippier’s cross at the back post, before stealing in to pinch a loose ball and drive in the winner.

Tenacious, technical and full of energy, Guimaraes is a fabulous footballer and there’s a good reason he’s so popular at St James’ Park. He was keen to emphasise his happiness at Newcastle post-match, though there will likely be teams prepared to meet his £100m release clause this summer.

Goal of the Week

Declan Rice, take a bow.

The England midfielder came back to haunt his old side as Arsenal ran riot to claim a 6-0 win at West Ham, with Rice involved in three goals as he set up William Saliba and Gabriel before scoring a stunner himself.

Rice’s rocket added insult to injury for the Hammers fans who remained to watch their team’s disasterclass, as plenty headed for the exits at the interval.

Save of the Week

Brentford moved up to 14th in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Wolves, with Mark Flekken’s superb stop from Pedro Neto helping the Bees to a clean sheet at Molineux.

The Dutch ‘keeper got down brilliantly to turn the winger’s header onto the post, a point-blank save at a crucial time for the Bees.

Stat of the Week

After a stuttering start, Rasmus Hojlund has found his feet in the Premier League.

Tweet of the Week

The Saudi Pro League has certainly caused a stir in football, and not just for its excessive spending. This week, wrestling icon The Undertaker made a bizarre appearance ahead of Al Nassr vs. Al Hilal, which got fans wondering how the Premier League could follow suit…

Sean Dyche in a half-time Hell in a Cell, anyone?

Read – Tweets of the Week: The Undertaker, Gary Neville on doping, blue card madness

See more – Four players Premier League clubs ‘missed the boat on’ last summer

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