Marko Arnautovic could play his last game for West Ham United this weekend against Watford.
The Austria international has a £45million release clause in his current contract and attempted to engineer a move away in the January transfer window.
The proposed move to China never came off, however, and, since then, he has struggled in front of goal even if he did net twice in the win against Southampton.
Should the Hammers attempt to convince the 30-year-old, whose current contract is worth £110,000-a-week according to Football FanCast sources, to stick around? Our writers give their verdicts below!
“Get rid of him. Marko Arnautovic has disrespected the club with his childish antics in attempting to force a move away, and regardless of that, his form since that January window has been appalling. If the Hammers can get anywhere near the price offered for the Austrian back in January, they should take the money and run with a younger, hungrier alternative instead.”
“Having only tied him down to a new contract in January, West Ham must convince Arnautovic to stay and then give him at least the first half of the 2019/20 season to prove his worth. Selling him would be the easy way out for club and player. Manuel Pellegrini can still work his magic with the Austrian and get him fully fit and motivated again in pre-season. If he is, he can make the difference for the Irons next term, especially alongside Felipe Anderson and a potential new striker signing. If he fails to step up to the plate, however, leave him on the bench until January and then move him on. Simple.”
“West Ham United shouldn’t try to persuade Marko Arnautovic to stay in the summer. Him remaining in east London would render the whole January transfer saga and the games that Manuel Pellegrini has lost as a result completely pointless. A whole season ruined for nothing. Yes, Arnautovic is a very important player for the Hammers, but they’ve shown at times in 2018/2019 that they can be a better team without him. Plus, this summer may be the last chance for David Sullivan and Gold to get back what they originally spent on the Austrian – the 30-year-old isn’t getting any younger. It makes perfect sense to let him leave this time around.