West Ham sold Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for £22.4 million in the summer (BBC Sport).
They brought in Sebastien Haller in place of the Austrian for around £45 million.
And as things stand, the Frenchman has really disappointed. Hammers fans were glad to see the back of Arnautovic at the time, but could they now be wishing that they kept the mercurial Austrian?
Judging by Twitter chat, it certainly seems that way.
Haller’s work-rate has been incredibly poor, and he just does not put himself about enough.
Arnie, on the other hand, always worked hard and offered his team an outlet. He held the ball up well and was much more than just a goalscorer.
Haller could, of course, still come good, but the early signs are not good.
Arnautovic ended up being a hate figure at West Ham, but it seems as though the Hammers fanbase would take him over Haller every single time.
The question was posed on Twitter, who would you prefer, Arnie or Haller?
Here are some of the best responses…
In this current system, Arnie. If we actually played to the strengths of the guy we paid 45m for, Haller every day of the week.
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) December 5, 2019
Arnie I know people won’t agree Haller is slow teams in the Prem know that target him honestly he has looked really bad would prefer Sakho or Carrol tbh at this point
— Ryan6t 🎄⛄️ (@ryan_rudman) December 5, 2019
Arnautovic for sure
— Steve ⚒ (@StevehJack9) December 5, 2019
Arnie by a mile at the moment
— #Pellegriniout (@KieronBarton18) December 4, 2019
— PELLEGRINI OUT (@Westhamunited29) December 4, 2019
Hahaha Arnie by about 100 miles
— ManLikeDanKemp (@dankemp_szn) December 4, 2019
Arnie on his game was untouchable. I’d have that Arnie all day long. Haller is a totally different type of player, we haven’t seen the best of him, no where near, nor we won’t in the present system. I can’t imagine Haller would have joined us had he known what was expected of him
— Michael Melly (@MichaelMelly1) December 5, 2019
Arnie all day long.
— James Edrupt ⚒️ (@edrupt_james) December 5, 2019
— 2Dubya ⚒️ (@CouchPotatoUK) December 5, 2019
Arnie different Class
— Graham Buckle (@GrahamBuckle1) December 5, 2019
That’s not a choice. Arnie every time.
— Julie trudgill (@julie_trudgill) December 5, 2019
No doubt, has to be Arnoutovic,
— AndyBCOYI (@ABcoyi) December 5, 2019