The international break offers some of West Ham’s players the opportunity to forget the club’s current struggles.
Some of the squad will link up with their countrymen; Manuel Pellegrini will hope that gives them the chance to relax, regain some form and come back ready to turn things around.
Marko Arnautovic has been one of the Hammers’ more impressive performers this season and has linked up with Austria. We’ve taken a look at how he’s getting on…
How’s he done?
Arnautovic got through 65 minutes of the 2-0 win over Sweden. Just before he was replaced, he set up his side’s second goal, laying on David Alaba.
Out wide on the left, Arnie showed impressive pace and strength to beat his man and get to the byline, before cutting it back for the Bayern Munich ace to curl one in.
It’s good news for West Ham that he got 25 minutes rest and also performed impressively. He continued in the centre-forward role Pellegrini has been fielding him in, so there’s no reason why the strong display cannot be translated into the club arena.
Next up, Arnie will be looking to make his bow in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League. Austria travel to face Bosnia and Herzegovina and Arnautovic will expect to start there as well.
Another strong performance and getting involved in another goal or two would put him in perfect shape to return to east London firing on all cylinders.
Pellegrini will be praying he stays fit as well.