Just hours after losing 4-2 to League One’s bottom club AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup, West Ham announced that Marko Arnautovic was staying.
Arnautovic decided to explain his actions following a wild fortnight of speculation linking him with a move to China (various, including The Times).
During this time, Manuel Pellegrini dropped him from the squad to face Bournemouth.
In the video, the Austrian said: “Hi West Ham fans. Finally you hear me talking. I’m back, I’m happy to be back.”
The 29-year-old also claimed he loved playing at The London Stadium and could not wait to get back on the pitch again.
Arnautovic signed off the video by saying: “So, listen [to] what this club or myself are saying, don’t listen to the other people who are not in the club. All the best, see you soon.”
This video message and contract extension divided opinion among West Ham fans.
Some are unconvinced by his update and believe he will be off next summer. But others are ready to back him if he returns against Wolves.
Below are some tweets from West Ham fans discussing Arnautovic’s new contract and video message.
Maybe everyone should now shut up with the speculation and get behind him aye? ⚒
— West Ham in the Blood (@WestHamBlood) January 26, 2019
This is an absolute disaster.
— ANTHONY HUFTON ⚒ (@AnthonyHufton) January 26, 2019
The timing of this is laughable.
— Pride of East London (@prideofeastldn) January 26, 2019
Get out my club
— Joe Snarey (@SnareyJoe) January 26, 2019
In short, “I’m pleased West Ham have offered me more money, which is my only real reason for staying.”
— Jack#8# (@JackD_88) January 26, 2019
Score a hat-trick against Wolves and Liverpool and you're forgiven 😂⚒️
— ⚒ Andy B ⚒ (@northwesthammer) January 26, 2019
Too late Arnie. Season is over in case you missed it tonight…
— Sssswhu (@sssswhu4) January 26, 2019
Shame our season over, you should have been playing today ⚒
— seasidehammer ⚒ (@seasidehammer) January 26, 2019
Idc wat anyone says, if u want this club to do well, u shld be buzzing that he’s staying, quality player and we r lucky to have him ❤️⚒
— Toby Petty (@toby_petty4) January 26, 2019