West Ham supporters applaud Marko Arnautovic for the kick-off and the searcher is fully involved in goal evenings against Arsenal, but slow walk-off and swaying looks look ominous
Adam Crafton for MailOnline
West Ham ahead Marko Arnautovic was at the center of the big controversy this week after he told his club he wanted to leave English football and go to the Chinese Super League.
A nameless Chinese club has approached West Ham with a bid of more than £ 36 million and Arnautovic has received a contract offer in the region of £ 250,000 per week.
Arnautovic & # 39; s brother and agent Danijel told TalkSport radio this week: West Ham has bought Marko for peanuts. They have paid £ 20 million for him, which is nothing in the current market. Now West Ham has a fantastic offer. It is almost double what they have paid for him. He wants to go to a new market and challenge him for titles. This is what he wants. & # 39;
Marko Arnautovic applauded the followers of West Ham when he was opposed to Arsenal
Arnautovic, who is linked to a move from January to China, waved to fans in the stands
Austria International Arnautovic would like to make a huge flow of money to the Far East
West Ham, for their part, claim that Arnautovic will not be sold, but brace himself for another £ 40 million offer for the Austrian and the 29-year-old continues to insist on a move.
In contrast to Dimitri Payet, the last star of West Ham, Arnautovic continued to train at a high level and insisted that he would start when West Ham hosted Arsenal. At the London Stadium he led the West Ham forward line, with Michail Antonio, Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri in the back.
Here Sportsmail followed the contribution of Arnautovic to the West Ham case …
Pre-match: While the team sheets are being read over the loudspeaker of the London stadium, the name of Arnautovic is greeted with soft cheer from the home crowd. However, there is an uproar from the end for former Arsenal midfielder Nasri, who earlier in his career left controversial Arsenal for Manchester City.
Arnautovic & # 39; s face wore a serious look when he walked out of the bubble in the middle of a sea of bubbles
He was flanked by four mascots, all wearing a shirt of 7 with TEAM ARNA & # 39; printed on it
6 minutes: Arnautovic makes a clear, brooding start to the game, pressurizes Shkodran Mustafi and leaves for Antonio to launch a counterattack.
31 minutes: Arsenal becomes dominant in the opening. Noble's pass avoids Arnautovic and he claps his hands before he claps his hands up and down to his teammates. Marko wants improvement.
32 minutes: Almost the breakthrough. Superb Arnautovic touch to get a flight pass. He sets up Nasri, which makes Felipe Anderson and the Brazilian fires hard, low and narrow.
43 minutes: Arnautovic's sublime first control of a Mark Noble pass launches a new West Ham attack on the Arsenal goal and Pablo Zabaleta earns a corner.
47 minutes: PURPOSE for West Ham as Declan Rice thunders in the strike to give West Ham the lead. Arnautovic races over to join the celebrations, excited by hitting Rice on the head after the 19-year-old scores his first for the club.
72 minutes: The number of Arnautovic has risen as manager Manuel Pellegrini decides to bring Andy Carroll forward when West Ham tries to protect their advantage from one goal. Arnautovic pulls out his black gloves, carries a snail's pace towards the hollow and raises his arms to all sides of the ground. The crowd reacts with worried applause. A dramatic farewell? Time will tell.
Arnautovic celebrated with Declan Rice after his Hammers teammate scored against Arsenal
A mandatory post-sub handshake with Manuel Pellegrini saw Arnautovic keep his head bowed
Arnautovic watched the rest of the game from the bench next to debutant Samir Nasri