Arnautovic absence not necessarily a blow for West Ham

According to The Mirror, West Ham have dropped Marko Arnautovic from the squad for the game against Bournemouth as they are concerned that their joint-top Premier League scorer is not in the right frame of mind to play.

What’s the word, then?

The Austrian international has recently been the subject of a £35m bid from a Chinese Super League club.

Understandably, the 29-year-old has had his head turned by all of the speculation, and fuelled rumours that he was set to leave by waving to the fans after being substituted in the 1-0 win against Arsenal recently.

How will they fare without him?

If you were to go off the stats, the Hammers have a great chance of snatching a result against the Cherries this weekend without their talisman. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won six of their last nine games without Arnautovic, and seeing how little influence he had in the win over the Gunners before being withdrawn, perhaps dropping him from the squad is best for everybody.

Pellegrini has Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez to call upon for the trip to the Vitality Stadium, all of whom are players that can pose Eddie Howe’s side a problem.

Additionally, it would be hugely beneficial for everyone to be pulling in the same direction against a side who can cause the Irons a huge amount of problems, so leaving a half-hearted Arnautovic out would be a good shout.

The east Londoners have had to go through this whole ordeal with Dimitri Payet not too long ago, so they should be well equipped to deal with the want-away Austrian.