Two West Ham United players have angered some fans with gushing social media posts to Marko Arnautovic.
West Ham sold wantaway Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for £22.4million on Monday (Sky Sports).
It concluded a saga that started in December.
Sky Sports quoted a senior club source telling them it was a ‘terrible deal’ for West Ham and that everyone ‘wanted him out’.
‘Unpopular’ Arnie rhetoric does not tally
That particular piece of rhetoric did not tally with the opinions of key dressing room figures like Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta who publicly referred to Arnautovic as one of West Ham’s leaders (Evening Standard).
Indeed it does not correlate with Declan Rice’s view on a player he likened to a big brother (whufc.com).
Nor was it reflected in two gushing farewell posts to Arnautovic from West Ham duo Felipe Anderson and Angelo Ogbonna.
Hammers duo anger supporters
First up was Brazilian star Anderson who posted a picture on Instagram of him and Arnautovic celebrating together with the words: “It was a pleasure to play with you, Craque. God bless your future. Grande abraço, bro. 🙌🏽 Marko Arnautovic.”
Next up was Ogbonna, who posted a picture on Twitter of the pair laughing in training, saying: “Two years spent together. Many shared moments and the passion for these colours that will never go away (crossed Hammers). Good luck for your new adventure my friend Marko
Arnautovic (China, GOAT).”
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— Angelo Ogbonna (@OgbonnaOfficial) July 9, 2019
As you can probably imagine the vast majority of the responses did not take too kindly to the pair delivering such platitudes to a player many fans feel betrayed the club.
Fans blast ‘stupid’ posts
The duo were labelled everything from ‘clowns’ to ‘stupid’ for posting the farewell tributes. The responses can be seen by clicking on the posts above.
Some fans saw the sentiment with the players having shared a dressing room together.
But neither have done themselves any favours by publicly supporting Arnautovic following his departure.
Noble is usually the guide to gauge the feeling inside the West Ham dressing room.
So it will be interesting to hear his views if and when he does his first press of pre-season.