Marko Arnautovic has finally left West Ham, several months after kicking up a fuss in January. The Austrian striker joins Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League for an undisclosed fee, the club’s official website has announced.
Arnautovic first tried to force a move to China in January but this was blocked by the Hammers. He signed a new contract and “committed” his future to the club with a cheesy and poorly-timed video on social media.
Six months down the line and the 30-year-old started playing up again. This time, West Ham were not going to mess about. The club have sanctioned a quick sale to China to get Arnautovic out of the club.
By the end of his time in East London, Arnautovic became a very unpopular figure. And this was evident by West Ham’s blunt and to-the-point 43-word statement on Arnie’s departure.
West Ham’s 43-word Marko Arnautovic statement
On whufc.com, West Ham posted the following official statement: “West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old Austrian departs after two seasons at London Stadium, during which he scored 22 goals in 65 appearances in Claret and Blue.”
Bluntness highlights Marko Arnautovic nature
Despite Arnautovic being one of West Ham’s most prolific goalscorers in recent times, his behaviour did not warrant a longer statement. West Ham fans did not want to see any adulation towards the China-bound striker with the official statement.
West Ham did not even offer the customary “good luck” message in their 43-word statement. Arnautovic has departed and it is time to forget about him and move on.