Marko Arnautovic suggested that he is open to returning to West Ham a couple of days ago.

The Austrian responded to Arthur Masuaku during the West Ham left-back’s Instagram live feed.

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Sure, he may have been saying it in jest. But stranger things have happened. And Arnie’s move to China hasn’t exactly worked out for him.

The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 for around £20 million (BBC).

Arnautovic went on to rack up 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 games for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

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Marko Arnautovic (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Exceptional talent, questionable attitude

The Austria international was a divisive figure at the London Stadium, however. On his day, he was unplayable. But the 30-year-old angered Hammers fans by demanding an exit from east London on more than one occasion.

Arnautovic left West Ham for SIPG Shanghai in the summer of 2019 for a fee believed to be worth £22.4 million (BBC). And he has scored 10 goals in 16 games for his new club (Transfermarkt).

He earns £200,000 per week in China, according to the Mirror.

The 30-year-old commented on Arthur Masuaku’s live Instagram feed the other day, suggesting that he would be open to a return to the Hammers:

Whether Arnie meant it as a joke or not is debatable.


But some West Ham fans reacted angrily on Twitter to his comments nonetheless…

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