Reported by football.london
West Ham beat Arsenal 1-0 in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday thanks to Declan Rice’s first goal for the club in his 55th appearance in claret and blue.
But the match will be remembered for Marko Arnautovic seeming to wave goodbye to the crowd when he was substituted in the 70th minute to be replaced by Andy Carroll.
Arnautovic was the subject of a £31.5m bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club in the week, which West Ham rejected and then had to release a statement insisting he was not for sale following an outburst from the player’s agent and brother that his sibling wanted out of the club.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted that Arnautovic’s head was in the right place to play against Arsenal and he started the 29-year-old against the Gunners, though the Austrian was pretty quiet throughout.
The reaction to his substitution, a standing ovation from the crowd, was noticeable maybe in attempt to convince him to stay but looking at the pictures, he cut a solemn figure as he departed the pitch.
We kept a close eye on the Austrian throughout his 70 minutes on the pitch and here is what we made of his display.
Marko Arnautovic looks to make a pass against Arsenal (Image: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images) 0-15 minutes
Stationed himself on the left of the front three to start the game and then shifted to the right as Samir Nasri effectively played through the middle.