West Ham supporters have been very downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side fall into the Premier League’s bottom three following a 4-1 thumping at home by Liverpool last time out, a result which also brought about the end of manager Slaven Bilic.
The East London outfit went into their clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds off the back of a frustrating 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in their preceding league clash, and found themselves 2-0 down at half time on Saturday thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip. Manuel Lanzini did get one back for the Hammers ten minutes into the second period to give the hosts hope, but that hope was soon banished as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion almost immediately, before the impressive Salah made it four 15 minutes from time to complete the rout.
And defeat brought about the end for manager Bilic, who was relieved of his duties on Monday and replaced by David Moyes, and the Scot appears to be making some big decisions if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by.
The 28-year-old moved to the London Stadium after a four-year stint at Stoke City, for whom he scored 26 goals and laid on 32 assists in 145 matches, helping them to three successive ninth place finishes in the Premier League before last term’s 13th place effort.
Yet the Austria international has failed to hit the ground running at West Ham with no goals or assists in seven league appearances for the club, with his only contributions coming in their 3-0 success over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup back in September, having laid on two assists.
And reports suggest that Moyes could well let Arnautovic leave in the New Year in a bid to raise funds for incomings, which is news that is likely to intrigue our despondent resident Hammers in the Tavern.
Landlord’s verdict: West Ham’s capture of Marko Arnautovic over the summer was a clear sign of intent and ambition from the East Londoners, but it just hasn’t paid off for both the player and indeed the club.
The Austria international has failed to score and has laid on just two assists in nine appearances for the Hammers, neither of which have come in the Premier League.
And it seems that new manager David Moyes is willing to be ruthless and sell the 28-year-old in January, in what could be a huge transfer development at the London Stadium given that they broke their transfer record to bring him to the club during the summer.
Yet, given that Arnautovic has struggled for form so far, it may well be in the best interests of both parties if they were to cash in on the winger in the New Year.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!