West Ham are finally up and running in the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park last Sunday to claim their first three points of the season.
Andriy Yarmolenko will receive most of the plaudits having netted twice in the Hammers’ first top-flight victory of the new campaign, but it was talisman Marko Arnautovic who was at the heart of every good move.
The Austrian, however, was taken off injured after setting up Yarmolenko for the first goal before getting himself on the scoresheet, but is set to be fit for West Ham’s next clash with London rivals Chelsea.
A club source told the Evening Standard: “Arnie felt something behind the knee, so was brought off as a precaution. He seemed fine afterwards and, hopefully, he will be okay for the Chelsea game.”
With or without £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Arnautovic, Chelsea will go into the game as clear favourites with the likes of Eden Hazard and Jorginho in brilliant form and the club as a whole performing exceptionally well.
Arnautovic, though, has already shown that he is capable of hurting Chelsea. Last season, he scored the winner and gave the Blues’ defence a torrid time when the Hammers won 1-0 at the London Stadium.
And, with David Luiz likely to start the next encounter between the two sides, the Austria international will fancy his chances coming up against the Brazilian and a Chelsea team who, defensively, still look to be finding their feet.