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Exclusive: West Ham better off without Marko Arnautovic, insists John Hartson

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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Ham United striker John Hartson has insisted that the club are in a better place following the departure of Marko Arnautovic during the summer.

Following months of speculation, the Austria international finally departed to the Chinese Super League, with the likes of Pablo Fornals, Albian Ajeti and Sebastien Haller arriving in attacking positions.

Arnautovic may have scored 22 goals in 65 appearances for the east London outfit, as per Transfermarkt, but Hartson says that one thing in particular let the 30-year-old down.

The Welshman told FFC: “He was a really good player, but his attitude was a disgrace.”

Having told the club he wanted to leave before signing a new long-term contract just a few weeks later at the start of this year, you won’t find many West Ham supporters disagreeing with their former player – especially as a formal transfer request was then submitted in July.

The Irons now appear to have a happy and united squad in the 2019/20 campaign, and they are on a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, in which they have kept three successive clean sheets.

Hartson has certainly been impressed with what he has seen from Manuel Pellegrini’s men, and believes one thing in particular is helping them this term.

“They’ve got players now with the right attitude, who all want to go in the same direction.

“They have one thing in their mind and that’s to take West Ham as far as they can take them.

“You’ve got to get rid of the selfish ones and the ones who aren’t in it for the team. That’s where West Ham are at the moment and things are going well.”

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That togetherness could be key as the Hammers look to bring European football back to the London Stadium.

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