Marko Arnautovic started for West Ham in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal despite rumours linking him with an exit.
Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel Arnautovic, told talkSPORT that the Austrian forward wants to leave West Ham and force through a move to China.
Despite the ongoing speculation surrounding his future, Arnautovic was named in the starting eleven as West Ham hosted Arsenal.
All eyes were on the 29-year-old and how he would perform in light of his recent media attention.
Some West Ham fans feel understandably betrayed by Arnautovic after the club took a chance on the hot-headed maverick, spending big money to bring him in from Stoke City.
And after a slow start, Arnautovic finally got going under David Moyes, where he scored 11 goals to keep West Ham up last season.
This term, the winger-turned-striker has continued his fine form. In 18 matches, Arnautovic has netted eight goals this season.
As he left the field of play when substituted yesterday, Arnautovic gave a big wave to West Ham fans; was that a farewell gesture? Here are some opinions from West Ham fans about Arnautovic’s performance.
He pressed a couple of times but thought he was a bit disinterested. I think he wants it all to be about him and the support weren’t having it (btw fans were superb today)
— Matt Drury (@mattdrury4) January 12, 2019
Sod Arnie if he leaves for the dosh, we survived after Payet and we’ll survive again once he has gone. COYI⚒
— ⚒IronHammer⚒ (@ClaretnBlueLife) January 12, 2019
Arnie played great today and if it is the last game, it’s been a pleasure watching him
— él 🕯 pinned (@dondeccers) January 12, 2019