Marko Arnautovic left West Ham for Shanghai SIPG in July.

The Austrian cost the Chinese club £22.4 million, according to BBC Sport, and that was considered to be somewhat of a bargain for them.

The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Stoke City for around £20 million in the summer of 2017, and went on to rack up 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 appearances in all competitions for the east London outfit.

West Ham fans were delighted to see the back of Arnautovic in the end, however.

He had already handed in two transfer requests, with his brother and agent constantly angling for a move away from the London Stadium for his client.

Shanghai SIPG v Urawa Red Diamonds - AFC Champions League Quarter Final

Marko Arnautovic (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

That eventually happened in July of this year, but how has Arnie fared in China since leaving West Ham?

The Austria international has made a decent start to life in the Chinese Super League.


He has racked up four goals and an assist in 11 appearances for Shanghai. All of those have come in his seven league appearances.

The former West Ham man has played a key role for his team over the past couple of months. And they currently sit in third spot in the Chinese Super League table, just three points adrift of league leaders GZ Evergrande.

Urawa Red Diamonds v Shanghai SIPG - AFC Champions League Quarter Final

Marko Arnautovic (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Arnautovic clearly left the Hammers for financial gain. He earns £300,000 per week in China, according to the Sun.

And despite his decent start to life away from West Ham, it is hard to argue that he is worth anywhere near that money.

Hammers fans might be interested to see how he has started in China. At the same time, however, he is a long and distant memory for most of the London Stadium faithful.

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