It’s official: ‘Arnie’s’ a Hammer’

ArnautovicShirt_2_726West Ham have this afternoon announced the club-record signing of Austria attacker Marko Arnautovic.

The 28-year-old, joins Joe Hart and Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta having signed a five year deal with the Irons.

After making 62 caps for his country. ‘Arnie’ declared: “It feels special to me to be a West Ham player. Everyone knows that West Ham is a big Club, with big history and I’m happy to be a part of it now. I can’t wait to get started.

“I played against West Ham at the old stadium – I didn’t play last year at the new stadium because I was suspended – but I came to the game and I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans.

“They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that’s why I’m here.”

Joint-Chairman David Sulllivan added: “We’re delighted to have completed Marko’s transfer from Stoke City.

“Alongside Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart we have brought in three players with vast Premier League experience this summer, and that was one of our key targets as we look ahead to the new season.

“Marko will bring plenty of quality to our front line and I’m excited to see him in a claret and blue shirt.”




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24 comments on “It’s official: ‘Arnie’s’ a Hammer’

  1. Welcome Marko

  2. All aboard , its rolling 🙂 now get the bat 🙂 he looked good today !!!!

  3. I would love to see us get the bat Laz but i think Conte will keep him after his performances end of last season and today.Its a shame i think he is a good player.
    But yeah welcome Arnie i hope you kicked fatman Adam in the balls on the way out of the Stoke door.

  4. Welcome aboard Arnie just don’t tell Salho you’ll be back ! He will think you are taking the P1ss !

    • Haha 32 🙂 don’t know about sky net , but there’s defo no going back now 🙂 can’t wait to see him tell Cressy to talk to the hand 🙂

  5. Welcome Arnie and no going out with the china doll lol….

  6. China Doll is sulking he has lost his all night drinking partner Randy today 😁

    • There is a rumour once again linking the china doll with the bar codes, am not normally one to believe that (and don’t) but he has bought a house up there and it would be a return home for him, he must be fairly sure his contract will not get renewed at the same rate with us so if it were true and he could sign a 4 year contract with the geordies who knows ? It is a shame he’s never fit because at what he does he is the best in the business but 10 games a season on average isn’t enough to warrant over £4m a year in wages.

      • Yeah been saying for the last 2 years its the only way we will find a buyer for him if they want him to give their fans a feel good factor signing.Im sure he will end up back there one day.
        Just wish it had happened already then we wouldnt have farted around for the last couple of seasons believeing in the myth that he would be a regular contributor.
        Better not say anymore because he is an untouchable keeps us in the prem single handed god to a few loons 😁😁

      • Maybe 32 , benitez made a very short statement , litteraly , saying we need a striker?
        Well if the unplayable all singing and dancing relegation buster does go the first thing they will have to do is remove the treatment table from his back with surgical precision and skin grafts 🙂 🙂 then remove his wallet to relieve the pressure on his groin lol 🙂

  7. When asked about the knee injury at the medical his response was “It’s not a Tumour”

    anyway I’ve been a bit suspect on the board lately and want to appologise for not believing in the way they have been conducting business. And I should not be the only one. Last year was like watching two kids with a few cents running around an up market lollies store and flipping their mates the bird. But this year the silent well thought out management of quietly purchasing of quality sweets from reputable dealers has taken some getting use too.


    • Well said mate. There are a few others who could acknowledge that they’ve been talking crap the past 4 months! This will make 3 decent windows in the last 4 and they’ve clearly learnt a lot from last summer.

  8. With 26 goals in four seasons he will be in keeping with the 32 strikers who have been signed since 2010 & scored 128 goals in 643 games …fact

    The only ones smiling are Stoke City….

  9. Or whinger which he is apparently as well.. an attitude problem when things do’t go his way….

    another panic buy !!

  10. Pidge he is essentially a winger as mooro says…i dont know where you get the idea we have signed him as a striker…try hernandez for that area of the pitch if he signs..

  11. Thats the spirit pidge dont get your facts right but have a moan anyway…we have such cheerful fans…

  12. https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/17/west-ham-strikers-david-sullivan-gold-simone-zaza-scott-hogan

    Sullivan said we would be signing two attacking players …anyway whatever he is we paid too much for him…Stoke City will be doing somersaults..

    Now Hernandez thats a different matter….

  13. I dont care what he cost as long as he plays well for us.The financials are not my problem.Stoke can somersault,back flip or get fired out of a cannon i dont care if he produces on the pitch.
    We all have different opinions on players and their worth but in the transfer market today it is a standard fee for what he is.No panic buy in my view.Time will tell.

  14. Just read the Bilic/Arnautovic article on whufc.com.
    Look at the photo –
    Which one is 6’2″ and which one is 6’4″?

  15. \i’m personally delighted West Ham have signed ‘Arnie’,Whoo-Hoo!! and Gaz has a point, the cost is irrelevant if he helps the team, the TV money now makes £20mil a squad player and given how much we’ve wasted on the likes of China Doll, Zaza and Valencia……?

    More creativity will create more chances and if Sakho is smart enough to pull his chin in, he’ll be in for the golden boot….

  16. Arnautovic and Hernandez are joining us to play. Even if fit, where do Carroll and Sakho fit in?
    Slav is going to have to talk to the whole squad about competition for places and game/bench time.

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