His West Ham teammate Michail Antonio was a guest on Goals on Sunday, and was asked about the global future of his teammate.
Marko Arnautovic - linked with a move to China - waved to fans after being replaced in the second half, while Arsenal struggled to truly test goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in a poor showing.
Rice scored the victor as West Ham beat Arsenal 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday in his 55th appearance for the club before his 20th birthday - which is on Monday - and produced a man-of-the-match performance in that game.
The Arsenal boss does not want to read too much into the German's absence and insisted that there was enough quality on the pitch for his side to win at West Ham. The 19-year-old just signed a new contract with West Ham last month, putting the Hammers in a position to demand a big fee if City come calling.
Arsenal were unable to muster a clear cut chance in response, although leading scorer, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang fired over when he could have done better.
Sead Kolasinac chose to cut the ball back for Lacazette when a shot would have been the better option after the ball broke for him down the left after 23 minutes, while Nasri probably should have followed the Bosnian's example when he drilled into the side-netting soon after.
What does it mean? Since then they have picked up just two points on their travels, conceding an eye-watering 13 goals in the process. West Ham climb to eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.
"The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match", added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League.