West Ham are much better off without former forward Marko Arnautovic, according to former Hammers striker John Hartson.
Hartson, who was speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, revealed that he believes the Austrian was “a disgrace” with his attitude towards the club before he eventually sealed a move to China. Arnautovic’s time in England with both Stoke and West Ham was a relative success, as he knocked in 43 goals in 184 Premier League appearances, but Hartson is adamant his former club is better off without the controversial attacker.
“They’ve got players now with the right attitude, who all want to go in the same direction,” Hartson told Football FanCast.
“They have one thing in their mind, and that’s to take West Ham as far as they can take them. You’ve got to get rid of the selfish ones and the ones who aren’t in it for the team. That’s where West Ham is at the moment, and things are going well.”
Hartson, who scored 24 Premier League goals over the course of three seasons with West Ham in the late 1990s, was clearly left unimpressed with Arnautovic.
The Austrian international has gotten off to a good start in China, scoring four goals in seven appearances so far as he looks to put his stamp on proceedings in Shanghai.
Frankly, Hartson has a point really with some of his comments on this one, and he is right in his opinion that the club needs a squad of players all pulling in the right direction. Indeed, the likes of Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell spoke to the club’s official website last week about the club’s team spirit as the Irons sit pretty in the top four as things stand.
Even back in March, talkSPORT pundit Adrien Durham spoke of the Hammers faithful were ‘done’ with the former Stoke City man.
Arnautovic was a prolific outlet on his day as he bagged 22 goals in 65 games while clad in claret and blue, but sometimes it’s not worth it for a club to keep hold of someone just in the hope they might win them the odd game with a bit of magic.
Once described as being like a child by Jose Mourinho, West Ham are probably better off without the striker.
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