West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic scored twice for Austria last night but could not prevent them from losing 4-2 against Israel in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 29-year-old has been out of form for the Hammers and last found the net in January. Since then, he has tried to force a move away but he remains a West Ham player.

Arnautovic’s brace for Austria divided opinion among West Ham fans. Some think it is good news as he could be back on form; others think he tries harder for Austria than he does for West Ham.

Marko Arnautovic before January

Marko Arnautovic scored 19 goals in his first season-and-a-half at West Ham. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Prior to the January transfer window, Arnautovic was a fan favourite and West Ham’s talisman. He netted 11 goals last season to keep West Ham up and started the season brightly.

Despite a few injury niggles, the Austrian forward scored eight goals in all competitions for West Ham before his January transfer saga.

Arnautovic was linked with a £45m move to China (The Times) and his head was turned by the riches in the East.

He expressed a desire to leave West Ham and make his move to China, but that failed to materialise and he has since signed a contract extension at The London Stadium.

Marko Arnautovic since China transfer saga

Marko Arnautovic has not scored for West Ham since January 5th. (Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

Since declaring his commitment to West Ham, Arnautovic has mainly been used as a substitute. But he was given his first start against Huddersfield Town recently.

However, West Ham fans have not been impressed with Arnie and his lack of form since missing out on a China move.


Below are several tweets from West Ham fans discussing Arnautovic’s brace for Austria and whether that’s good news for the club.