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


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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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TWe 12:51 Tue Jul 17
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100% load of bollocks.

Trevor B 12:01 Tue Jul 17
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Looks like very lazy journalism, he has been linked with Roma twice before, once before he joined Inter, then also whilst at Stoke.

Lily Hammer 11:59 Tue Jul 17
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Bernie, I hope my instincts are right.

My instincts tell me that article is a steaming, fly infested pile of bull shit.

Bernie 11:54 Tue Jul 17
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Arnautovuc up for sale?

https://m.calciomercato.com/en/news/report-west-ham-put-man-utd-target-up-for-sale-wants-roma-move-95009

gph 10:31 Mon Jul 16
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*takes Arnautovic out of the box with a question mark on it*

Norflundon 9:35 Mon Jul 16
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Personally if he stays fit I think he’ll score over 20 goals next season
Might even stick a few bob on it if the odds are good enough

Eerie Descent 9:12 Mon Jul 16
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It is a head scratcher how a bloke who is 6'4 and a unit, skilful, rapid, and a great finisher has not spent his entire career as a central striker.

He has it all, and I cannot wait to see him in a proper team playing proper football.

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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Trundle

Mildly....????
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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Coffee

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
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Arnie, Chicharito, Yarmolenko... is there greater firepower in any potential first team in the Premier League?

Trevor B 4:22 Mon Jul 16
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
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
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
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

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