Hammers hate figure Marko Arnautovic has claimed that the West Ham fans loved him, when speaking exclusively to LAOLA 1 today.

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The 31-year-old joined the Hammers from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 for around £20 million (BBC).

Arnautovic went on to rack up 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 games for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

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Marko Arnautovic (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The Austria international was a divisive figure at the London Stadium, however. On his day, he was quite simply brilliant. But the 31-year-old angered Hammers fans by demanding an exit from east London on more than one occasion.

Arnautovic left West Ham for SIPG Shanghai in the summer of 2019 for a fee believed to be worth £22.4 million (BBC). And he has scored 10 goals in 16 games for his new club (Transfermarkt).

Unforgivable attitude prior to exit

And the West Ham fans have never really forgiven the Austrian for his embarrassing conduct during his final few months at the London Stadium.

When speaking to LAOLA 1 today, however, Arnie suggested that the Hammers faithful loved him:

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Marko Arnautovic (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

I have a kind of love-hate relationship with West Ham fans. I was at the top of the fan list, they really loved me. My exit was a bit more difficult, and I was also called ‘Snake’. Anyone who has followed my career knows that I am immune to something like this.”

 

Arrogance springs to mind.

Arnautovic is right. He was loved by the West Ham fans when he was giving his all. But that doesn’t mean that his legacy hasn’t been ruined.

And in some ways, it sums the Austrian up. He seemed to think he was too good for West Ham.

His comments suggest that he hasn’t lost that attitude during his time in China. The Hammers fans might have loved him. But most don’t anymore.

And the love that some fans had for him will be fading by the day.

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