Opinion

It’s high time Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham United forgive Marko Arnautovic

Mr. Controversy, Marko Arnautovic’s found himself in a precarious position at West Ham United, incurring the wrath of sections of support after being linked to a move away in January.

His manager, for one, wasn’t impressed with his actions and has seemingly banished him from the starting XI after everything cleared up in February.

Arnautovic was replaced with Javier Hernandez and West Ham’s promising form means they aren’t missing him. However, if his substitute appearance against Fulham proved anything, he still possesses the ability to create moments of brilliance not many are capable of.

He put in a glowing performance in the London Derby, proving his creativity with a clever assist for Michail Antonio in the dying stages to seal an important win. Before that, the former Stoke City ace came close to scoring his first in over a month, having his powerful header saved by Sergio Rico.

The Austrian striker is undoubtedly the most prolific one they have currently, having scored seven goals assisted three so far for the Hammers. Apart from that, the fact that he possesses a shooting accuracy of 52% and created six big chances in 19 appearances (stats via Premier League) proves how versatile an attacker he is.

Arnautovic not only has a fantastic eye for goal but can open up the Hammers attack and provide width with his ability to play anywhere in the final third.

He’s served his “punishment” without hesitation and it’s high time West Ham forgive his actions, as they need his clinical ability to finish the season strongly.

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