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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
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d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

claret on my shirt 8:56 Mon Jul 10
Marko Arnautovic - signed


West Ham complete signing of Austria star Marko Arnautovic

West Ham United are delighted to announce the Club-record signing of Austria attacker Marko Arnautovic.

The talented Arnautovic joins the Hammers from Stoke City, adding proven Premier League and international quality to Slaven Bilic’s forward line.

The 28-year-old, who arrives from Stoke City on a five-year contract, becomes West Ham’s third signing of the summer, following England goalkeeper Joe Hart and Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

“It feels special to me to be a West Ham player,” said Arnautovic, who has 62 caps for his country.

“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.”

An exciting player capable of opening up the tightest of defences, Arnautovic has caught the eye, created and taken chances wherever he has played.

After breaking through as a free-scoring teenager at Dutch club FC Twente, the versatile forward spent a season on loan under Jose Mourinho at Italian giants Internazionale before joining German side Werder Bremen in June 2010.

The Austrian produced the goods regularly in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 goals and assisting 13 more in just 84 appearances over three seasons, including a first senior hat-trick at Hoffenheim in December 2012.

The following year, Stoke City brought him to the Premier League, where his career continued to flourish under Mark Hughes. In four seasons in the Potteries, Arnautovic helped Stoke to three ninth-place finishes, with the Vienna-born forward scoring 26 times and registering 32 assists in 146 games.

Arnautovic is also one of Austria’s biggest sports stars and has been a regular for his national team for the past six years. He started all ten qualifiers and three finals matches at UEFA Euro 2016 and has scored three times in Austria’s opening six 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Marko the best of luck as he embarks on a new adventure in Claret and Blue at London Stadium.

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Norflundon 7:48 Mon Jul 16
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To be fair he’s a lot Fucking quicker than I thought I don’t remember seeing him for Stoke and thinking he’s quick at all

Rossal 6:48 Mon Jul 16
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blimey, thought it'd take you far less time then that

Yeah i thought he was alot slower then what he is. Happy to admit i got that wrong. Dont get too much of a chubby over it

Trevor B 6:08 Mon Jul 16
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and he's slow according to Rossal....

Norflundon 6:02 Mon Jul 16
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I especially love TI saying how he’s crap and he was right all along....and great how Vexed says he’s definitely not a forward yet he’s turned into an absolute beast since going into the No. 9 role

Eggbert Nobacon 4:59 Mon Jul 16
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Coffee 4:27 Mon Jul 16
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Arnie, Chicharito, Yarmolenko... is there greater firepower in any potential first team in the Premier League?

Mane, Salah, Firmino?

Kane, Alli, Ericksen?

Aguero, De Bruyne, Jesus?

Lukaku, Sanchez, Rashford?

Trevor B 4:55 Mon Jul 16
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you'd imagine that Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool at least might be able to rival us.

Mr Anon 4:42 Mon Jul 16
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So many wrong opinions on this thread, where they we so sure!

LeroysBoots 4:37 Mon Jul 16
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Eerie Descent 3:36 Mon Jul 16

I know....I can't cope with ANY positivity on this site !

Coffee 4:27 Mon Jul 16
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Arnie, Chicharito, Yarmolenko... is there greater firepower in any potential first team in the Premier League?

Trevor B 4:22 Mon Jul 16
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Quite amusing reading back through some of the posts and debates, especially when you realise that you haven't made a complete bellend of yourself unlike many other posters on the thread ;-)

Lee Trundle 4:08 Mon Jul 16
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It's mildly enjoyable reading back on this thread.

Alex pouring scorn of us purchasing him.
Vexed telling everybody that he isn't a forward.

Bunch of divs.

busheyhammer85 4:01 Mon Jul 16
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Arnie is still the main man.

It's up to one of the other lads to take that title off him with their performances in Claret & Blue.

Eerie Descent 3:36 Mon Jul 16
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Fucking hell Leroys.

That's one of the better attempts to find literally ANYTHING to be negative about.

LeroysBoots 3:21 Mon Jul 16
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Was thinking about Arnie after watching his laconic performance v Wycombe.

Anderson is now going to be top boy in our team, how will Arnie react to that ?

He had it all to himself last season when quite frankly we were shocking

Now we have quality throughout his star status in the team will be diluted, will that have an affect on him ?

Perhaps his demeanour, persona is not for Pelligrini....only time will tell

Eerie Descent 3:15 Mon Jul 16
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Eerie Descent 9:15 Mon Jul 10
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I'm actually well up for this signing.

He's a lump, quick enough, very good on the ball, capable of the odd moment of magic, and a bit mad. Proper West Ham player, for me, and someone we've got a fair chance of getting. I think he'd be a big fans favourite.

Give the filthbags £20mil, we'll get much more out of him than that coward cunt Ayew.

chim chim cha boo 3:10 Mon Jul 16
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chim chim cha boo 11:53 Tue Jul 18

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If you don't think this player is one that core West Ham have loved in the past and will love in the future I don't think you've been supporting us that long.

A great player, with just the right amount of nasty. Him and Antonio switching wings is going to be great to watch.

I really hope this happens

Phew! Don't actually remember posting that but I really wanted us to sign him as I thought he was brilliant at Stoke and I love us signing mad fuckers.

JLAP 2:30 Sun Jul 15
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Agree Sven and hope he tell his brother to fuck right off ..

Sven Roeder 2:23 Sun Jul 15
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You keep good players by signing more good players for them to be playing with.
Hopefully he is looking a team with Anderson, Yarmolenko, Wilshere and later Lanzini in helping him out and getting excited

Norflundon 2:02 Sun Jul 15
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Blimey that’s some quality reading there
Pretty embarrassing reading there for a few. Some going to be very bloated today with all that Humble pie they must be stuffing their face with....

JLAP 1:01 Sun Jul 15
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Hope he doesn’t go, would fit right in with the new ADDITIONS ⚒

Sniper 7:49 Tue Oct 31
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Thingbis arnautovics, in, character issues are well known - they'd have been known by the club before we bought him. I think his failings so far show a further weakness in bilic, and thematbis his inability to deal with troublesome or controversial players. He just ships them out, gets them out the way (see amalfitano, sakho) - that's a tactic that works fine for fergie at man u where they can more or less sign anyone to replace any player they get shot of, but not with us.

Arnies head clearly isn't in the game and I have no faith in bilic being able to turn that around any more than I do in him tonsort the defence or get us to, you know, pass the ball effectively

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