West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic believes he will score more goals than Andriy Yarmolenko this season.
Arnautovic was pleased that Yarmolenko got off the mark last weekend but added in an interview with The Guardian that he would score more.
Yarmolenko arrived this summer from Borussia Dortmund. However, he did not start any of the opening four Premier League fixtures.
The Ukraine international started his first game at Everton last Sunday and impressed.
Yarmolenko vs. Everton
It took just 10 minutes for the 28-year-old to open his account. And it was put on a plate for him by Arnautovic.
With the Everton defence stretched, Arnautovic nipped in behind the defensive line. As he was tearing down on goal, he unselfishly decided to square it to the onrushing Yarmolenko.
Yarmolenko made no mistake, swooping the ball in with his left foot. And 20 minutes later, he doubled his tally.
The 6ft 2in winger received the ball on the right and from just inside the box, he smashed in another left-footed strike.
Arnautovic vs. Everton
Before the Everton game, Arnie was the only West Ham player to score in the league. He had two strikes to his name this season.
But he made that three for the season by scoring the Hammers’ third goal of the game.
The Austrian forward played a one-two with Pedro Obiang and poked it past Jordan Pickford on the slide.
Arnautovic on Yarmolenko
Arnie was delighted for Yarmolenko to get two goals but still thinks he’ll win West Ham’s golden boot award this season.
The 29-year-old was the top scorer for West Ham last season with 11 goals and he leads Yarmolenko 3-2 at this stage of the year.
Talking to The Guardian, Arnautovic said: “Against Everton, when Yarmolenko scored two goals, I was very happy for him. I hope he’s going to score more – but I don’t think he will score more than me.”
Yarmolenko had a huge opportunity to go level with Arnautovic for goals in today’s game against Chelsea.
But the winger could only head wide from five yards with the goal gaping. Perhaps Arnautovic is right.