West Ham were without Marko Arnautovic for Monday night’s clash with Liverpool after the Austrian failed a late fitness test, meaning that Javier Hernandez deputised up front for the Hammers.
Arnautovic was at the centre of West Ham’s January transfer business as a move to China was on the cards throughout – Shanghai SIPG plotted a £35m move for the forward but he remains in claret and blue.
The 29-year-old has netted eight goals and chalked up two assists in all competitions as he looks to fire the Irons to a respectable finish in the Premier League.
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An outlay of around £100m saw the likes of Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop arrive at the London Stadium in the summer and the former has struck up a dangerous partnership with Arnautovic – the perfect blend of pace, power and skill.
West Ham don’t quite look the same without the former Stoke man in the lineup – although that didn’t stop them from taking a point from Liverpool on Monday night – and were keen to bring in someone last month who could potentially replace Arnautovic but a swoop for Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez didn’t quite cross the line.
Despite Arnautovic pledging his allegiances to the Hammers – for now, at least – the fans were quick to question his failure of the fitness test on Monday. Here’s a look at how they reacted to the news on Twitter…
Such a reluctance from our players to play through minor knocks.
Gutted we didn’t sell and replace him in January.
— Kris Johnson (@kjohno10) February 4, 2019
Ooohhh and I bet he really tried.
— Martinstuartpharo父 (@ironboy1972) February 4, 2019
I’m wondering exactly how hard he actually tried to pass a fitness test ?
— Geoff ⚒ Lockwood ?? (@geoffl65) February 4, 2019
What he did not pass? I’m in shock. pic.twitter.com/9ik2zosMPc
— MARK DAVEY (@MARK_H_DAVEY) February 4, 2019
I am sure we can expect 100% commitment from Arnautovic between now and the end of the season: not. The days of me calling him Arnie or Marko are over. He is behaving like a spoilt brat. Will be glad to see the back of him now. Big talent, much bigger ego.
— Paul Anderson (@PaulAndersonNE6) February 4, 2019
He is still sulking then
— LeeSea (@eesea_l) February 4, 2019
Expected no more !!!
— whufcpaul1 (@whufcpaul1) February 4, 2019