West Ham inflicted more misery on Burnley over the weekend after they beat them 4-2 at the London Stadium.
Sean Dyche’s men were fresh off 5-0 and 4-0 defeats against Chelsea and Manchester City and were condemned to further failure thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s side.
The Austrian, alongside Felipe Anderson, was in inspired form, and he has since been praised by team-mate Issa Diop for his contribution in front of goal.
Speaking to West Ham’s official club website after the game, Diop said: “Everyone knows how important Marko is. He is a big player, a very good striker and he scores a lot of goals, so we need him.”
After managing to net his fifth Premier League goal of the season, Diop is certainly right to highlight Arnautovic’s goal-scoring ability.
Arnautovic, however, is so much more than just a goalscorer or poacher. Since moving to West Ham from Stoke City last summer, the 29-year-old has developed and matured into practically the complete centre-forward.
On top of the goals he brings to the team, Arnautovic is able to hold up the ball, dribble past opponents and pick out team-mates inside the box.
As well as that, he is more than willing to chase down defenders when they are in possession of the ball, making him most manager’s ideal No.9.
The praise the former Stoke and Inter Milan man is getting from team-mates such as Diop and West Ham supporters is fully deserved.