Marko Arnautovic scored his first two goals since his January transfer saga as West Ham beat Southampton 3-0 at The London Stadium.
Arnautovic’s performances have improved in the last few matches and he was finally rewarded with some goals.
The Austrian striker burst through and beat Fraser Forster to give West Ham the lead. And then he headed in a second goal from close-range in the second half.
But West Ham fans are split on whether to keep Arnautovic. After the drama in January, some believe he is too risky to keep.
The 30-year-old tried to force a move to China (story first reported by talkSPORT). But after that fell through, Arnautovic signed a new deal and stayed with West Ham.
At first, his performances dipped. Arnautovic had already netted eight goals by early January. But he then went on a goal drought lasting nearly four months before his brace against the Saints.
However, Manuel Pellegrini alluded to Arnautovic staying at West Ham. He told whufc.com: “Next season, I am sure we are going to see the Marko Arnautovic who knows how much he can give to this club.”
Here are some tweets from West Ham fans discussing Pellegrini’s comments and whether they want Arnautovic to stay.
I think it’s smoke and mirrors from MP and he’ll be gone
— Matthew Rowe (@WHUFCMatthew) May 5, 2019
As long as Arnautovic’s had is in the right place and he wants to be at West Ham, he will be our most influential player in terms of presence within the team. Up until January he was superb and carried us some games. He is definitely a player who improves the team and squad.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) May 6, 2019
Once a trouble maker always a trouble maker
— Lynda M Lynch (@Unhammer50) May 5, 2019
Well If he does, at least that’s a player we won’t have to fork out to replace, a fully fit and firing Arnautovic is without a doubt a quality player.
— Nigel Adams (@NigelAd27749696) May 5, 2019
Depends on his mindset, if he’s happy here yeah he’s our best player and we won’t find better. If he’s not happy get him out cause it will be poisonous for the dressing room
— AG (@alexjg0) May 5, 2019
Yes but the brother’s phone needs to be kept under surveillance.
— Calum 🌈 (@CalumRobson) May 5, 2019