West Ham United fans on Twitter have been split by news that bad boy striker Marko Arnautovic could be returning to the starting Xl on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking in his pre-Huddersfield Town press conference, Manuel Pellegrini reasoned that the controversial player had been battling illness in recent weeks when asked about why he had been sitting on the bench so much recently, and that he thinks the Austrian “is ready to return in his position”.
Arnautovic has played just 190 minutes of football since he almost left for the Chinese Super League in the January transfer window before eventually conceding that he’ll be staying at London Stadium, for the time being.
Some supporters are still bitter about the way the Austria vice-captain handled himself two months ago and don’t want to see him wearing the shirt. On the other hand, the reigning Hammer of the Year is vital to the club’s hopes of finishing seventh in the Premier League.
This has been reflected in the reaction from fans on Twitter to Pellegrini’s Arnautovic revelation, with comments ranging from the sarcastic “sure” fashion and pokes at the 30-year-old’s common “scowling” facial expression to admissions that “he needs to start”.
Check out some of the best reactive Tweets from Claret & Blue Army members, below…
Irrespective of people’s feelings towards Arnautovic, it s clear he needs to start the games between now and the end of the season as Hernandez doesn’t offer us enough up front on his own and can’t play the lone striker role. We need a win against Huddersfield.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) March 14, 2019
What is his position? Scowling?
— Peter Warren (@Petewarrendot) March 14, 2019
I would like to see him and Nasri start against Huddersfield. Time we attack the teams below us and we need more incisive quality on the pitch
— Matt Drysdale (@matt_mattd5677) March 14, 2019
— Nick ?⚒ (@Nicky32_66_COYI) March 15, 2019
Wanna see him with passion again get him in against hudd n see what happens
— h (@HarryZippyAx) March 14, 2019
@MarkoArnautovic Enough of the ‘hands in the air’ every time you don’t score. There’s not just YOU on the pitch, and it looks unprofessional.
Just get on with it. ⚒️
— Dave Harris (@DaveHarris47) March 15, 2019