Wilshere: We need Arnautovic!

Hammer Jack Wilshere told Sky Sports viewers over the weekend that West Ham need Marko Arnautovic as he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League adding what he brings to a team is so important.

Wilshere said: “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen what type of character he is, he’s a great character, a great person to have around. He just wants to play; he was struggling with a knee injury and hardly training but he always said he wanted to play.

“We need him. For me he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I’ve played with a few good strikers and he’s up there – with what he brings to the team he’s so important to us.”

Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp was less sure saying “I’ve always heard he wants to play for a top-six club but the truth is, he wants to go to China. If you’re going there, you’re going there for the money – it’s a fact.

“If someone’s offering you £300,000 a week, it’s hard to turn down. I get that if you’re that way inclined. But for me, it’s a difficult one. West Ham want to keep him, but if you’re going to get £40m for him, and he’s 29 – nearly 30 – you have to look at it because the last thing you want is unhappy players.  They had that a few years ago with Dimitri Payet and it doesn’t help the dressing room. You can’t afford to pay £300,000 a week, he’s not worth it, so I understand the position.

“If you say to him, ‘Stay until the end of January, get me goals and then I’ll sell you,’ that might be the ideal situation but to replace him is not easy. You want to keep him, of course you do, but West Ham will survive with or without him. You had it when Payet left, they’ve done it before. There’s always someone else who will come along, but you don’t want to be held to ransom by his brother – he needs to keep his mouth shut really.”

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Wilshere: We need Arnautovic!

  1. Great if he stays but if he goes so be it , what’s he going to win in China except a big wags packet. The team don’t need the disruption and who knows he might be replaced by a 20 goal a season striker ⚒

    • Yes Noble said this is about money they have offered him 400k a week, lets be honest if someone offered us 4 times our salary when we have maybe 5 years left of our career we would probably take it wouldn’t we. What his brother should have said was this is a deal to good for him to turn down rather than all the guff about winning titles.

  2. I think we’ve proved in the games that the want-away broody one has missed this season, that we’re perfectly capable of winning without him, so if he wants out……..GOOD RIDDANCE

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