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

Sven Roeder 2:23 Sun Jul 15
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
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
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Hope he doesn’t go, would fit right in with the new ADDITIONS ⚒

Sniper 7:49 Tue Oct 31
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
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

Razzle 12:36 Tue Oct 31
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
These are not shit players - Its down to the manager to allow them to express their talent, that requires tactics and blend.

camel-with-3-humps 11:35 Tue Oct 31
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
He’s fucking crap.

A lumbering lump of work-shy prima donna lard.

What an earth was Billic doing buying him?

Jesus weeps.

Sven Roeder 12:16 Tue Oct 31
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
He has talent but as Gary Neville said he thinks he is Cristiano Ronaldo.
He needs to work and lift his game but seems mentally unable or unwilling to do it.
Exactly what we DONT need at the moment.

If you didn't laugh you'd cry

ludo21 12:02 Tue Oct 31
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
If you scroll back far enough through this thread you will see me say that I don't rate him.... turns out I'm a genius!

As far as I can see he has no redeeming features and is a waste of space (and 24m).

master 11:55 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
There's a good player there. We've all seen him do it for Stoke and Austria.

However, like Ayew, it'll take both time and a better coach.

11MDE 10:32 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Another Bilic Balls Up

gph 10:27 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Definitely in the box with a question mark on it.

Not yet in the box with "dispose humanely" on it.

pulhampete 7:28 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Can we unsign him?
We've still got the receipt and the original packaging.

Texas Iron 6:53 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Never rated him...

Performances so far proves me right...

20MillionquidPlus wasted...

Sniper 5:23 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Most worrying thing for me is that arnie looks lazy and disinterested - it's not a form issue, is a mental/attitude one

He's clearly a very good player when his head is right but he literally strolls around the pitch when we don't have the ball, doesn't track back and does no defending. It's very odd and infuriating to see

Rossal 5:19 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Ayew been involved in most goals since he signed

Not sure if thats because he has quietly and unspectacuarly been very good or the rest of the team have been absolute dog shit

I suspect it is the later.....a mould which Arnie falls into too

Done little of note since he arrived, hasnt stood out in any of the games and doesnt effect games the way he did when he was at Stoke

franksfat&slow&wank 5:13 Mon Oct 30
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
well 26% of league games complete and this guy has been very disappointing

Interesting comments from Pagey about Ayew, still a lot to prove but the lad is starting to hit some form lets hope Arnie wakes up

Pagey 2:01 Mon Jul 24
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
It's a squad game these days and therefore you need quality in depth. I think Ayew will play a vital part this season. He has a brilliant knack of scoring goals, even when not playing well.

The good thing is that we will hopefully have decent options before we even look at the likes of Carroll and Sakho. If they do happen to both get fit - and it's a huge if - our attacking options will be even stronger. If not, we still have quality.

Alex V 2:00 Mon Jul 24
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Swiss. 1:46 Mon Jul 24

Good post on an interesting topic - I'd love to know what the plan is for how to play. Not easy at all to come up with a workable system for the players we have and are buying. Of course having a few options is fine, but I think the best approach is to play the same system in each game so the players can get used to playing together in it.

Northern Sold 1:57 Mon Jul 24
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed

Telegraph have him down as a midfielder

Eggbert Nobacon 1:49 Mon Jul 24
Re: Marko Arnautovic - signed
Ayew will be cover to Arnie, Lanzini and Antonio

As well as possibly up front if we get our usual injury crisis

Hell get plenty of games that way

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