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Did Arnie say goodbye?

Marko Arnautovic was substituted in the second-half of West Ham’s brilliant win over Arsenal, and seemed determined to steal the headlines!

The Austria international took his gloves off and waved at the supporters, with Sky Sports’ commentators openly speculating as to whether he was saying goodbye to the Irons’ faithful amid interest from China.

After all, following this game, the Hammers do not play at home until February 2, when Liverpool come to town.

Games against Bournemouth and Wolves in the league, in Wimbledon in the FA Cup, all take place on the road.

Arnautovic, of course, is the subject of intense interest from the Chinese Super League, with a bid landing in the Hammers’ inbox earlier this week.

CandH understands the bid was worth £31.9m when converted into pound sterling, which, obviously, was rejected by the club’s hierarchy.

However, it seems as though Arnie could have listened to his brother, who released a statement earlier this week asking the club to let his sibling leave. His brother, of course, is also his agent.

There are sure to be twists and turns aplenty in this story between now and the end of the transfer window…

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “Did Arnie say goodbye?

  1. We let payet take the and now if they sell Arnie for peanuts it just shows us being weak get a grip ffs only sell for 60 plus if not stick him I. Reserves til he sorts himself out ..we can’t keep having players dictate to us it’s a f u!!!!ing joke

  2. there should be something built into all contracts that if you start to manipulate things and that goes for your AGENT as well then the club should have a say on wages to cover themselves and also the agents fees depending on who has done the dirty.
    bad press and all that. I do still think this is all a game to get him higher wages or to get someone else to join in the bidding cos i cant see arnie being so stupid to get to china and end his time in the premier for good

  3. One similarity is Payet is that Arnie has got a history of behaving badly when leaving a club – much as I dislike Mark Hughes (I cant remember him ever saying that we played well when we beat him) I have to say that Arnie behaved badly when leaving Stoke

    At least he could be honest and say I am leaving for the money rather than this crap of “winning titles”

    It would be good if we could keep him until the end of the season but I’m not holding my breath

    A bit sad really

  4. Arnautovic was one sad individual this lunch time, players get well paid and we fans pay a lot of money to watch them, he was like a spoiled child not interested, and yes the way he waved towards us looked like a goodbye.

    If this is the case we better get looking for a Top Striker quickly as Carroll is simply not good enough any longer, if we continue to pay his high salary for what he delivers as a club we are fools!

  5. The following is the process we need to apply here. He is our best player and he should be on the biggest salary so if there is a player on a higher salary then give him the same offer and extend his contract. If he rejects it, then ask him does he want to leave and if he says yes, then we demand imo in the region of 60m for him. If a club matches this then he is free to go. I don’t believe all the stories so I just hope Arne wants to stay as 99% of fans want him to stay.

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