Pellegrini: Rice becoming top player

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini feels match-winner Declan Rice is on the road to becoming a 'complete player' after his goal in a 1-0 win over Arsenal.

The teenager scored shortly after half-time, firing a shot into the roof of the net having been teed-up by former Gunners midfielder Samir Nasri on his West Ham bow.

Rice, who can play at centre-back or in centre midfield, has been in the headlines recently as his international future draws attention.

He has earned three caps for the Republic of Ireland, all in friendlies, and the London-born man could yet decide to declare for England.

He was named man of the match after West Ham's lunchtime win over Arsenal and his manager feels he has the attributes to go right to the top.

"He is improving in every game," Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

"He has showed good technique and is good in aerial duels, I think we are seeing the complete player. At 19-years-old, I am sure we will see a top, top player."

Rice meanwhile admitted he was elated to nail his first Premier League goal, especially after missing a headed chance in the first half. He revealed his teammates have encouraged him to try his luck more often.

"I can't put it into the words. The lads are always on at me to take the shot on more. I have been getting into the box more recently and I was gutted with missing the header in the first half.

Arsenal failed to create the sort of scoring chances many would have expected and Pellegrini felt his players carried out their game plan effectively. If any side was going to score the games' second goal, the Chilean suggested it would have been West Ham

"I was pleased with the balance and consistency of the team. We did not allow Arsenal any chances despite their quality of players. We played with a mentality of a big team, always going for the second goal," he added.

West Ham areĀ 2/1 to win their next game at Bournemouth next Saturday. The Cherries areĀ 13/10 with the draw priced at 12/5.