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19:15  06 december  2018
19:15  06 december  2018 Source:

Pellegrini plays down suggestion Arnautovic wants out of West Ham

Pellegrini plays down suggestion Arnautovic wants out of West Ham When you’re an effective striker in the Premier League, it seems to be only a matter of time before the big clubs come calling. And for Marko Arnautovic, his play over the last twelve months seems to have attracted the attention of eyes from all over Europe’s top leagues. A colossal presence at the top of the formation, the Austrian international’s blend of speed and size presents a unique challenge to opposing defenders and not all have managed to contain him. When the 29-year-old’s leadership qualities and desire to win are considered, Marko Arnautovic must make an attractive prospect for any team wishing to sign him. Twitter: “Every player wants to play for the biggest team, but I don’t think he is thinking about that, but only about West… (@SkySportsPL) Manager Manuel Pellegrini however is sure that his star forward is thinking only of the Hammers. Speaking in a press conference, the Chilean said: “ Every player wants to play for the biggest team, but I don’t think he is thinking about that, but only about West Ham.” Arnautovic will need to be on form if the Irons are to have any chance against Manchester City on Saturday, in the first match back after the international break.

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Pellegrini must find a way of improving that record, and fast, if his side are to avoid a low placing heading into the autumn. Last four matches v early Depending on whom he signs in the summer transfer window, Pellegrini may be forced to drop Arnautovic back in a less advanced position.

Pellegrini expects Arnautovic to miss a month © Provided by Goal West Ham's Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic looks destined to miss a month of action with a muscle injury, according to West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Austria forward limped off towards the end of the first half of the Hammers' 3-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday, his replacement Lucas Perez scoring twice.

Arnautovic appeared to pull his hamstring and on Wednesday posted on Instagram to say he would be out for "a while".

Pellegrini was able to place a more definitive timeframe on his comeback, however, confirming the expected absence on Thursday ahead of West Ham's home clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The Hammers are set for a favourable looking fixture list over the Christmas period, with games against Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion to come after Saturday's London derby with the Eagles.

Pellegrini confident Arnautovic will return to training next week.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Marko Arnautovic will return to full first-team training next week. As quoted by talkSPORT, the Chilean delivered an update on the condition of his squad as they gear up to take on Watford at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Pellegrini had news about the Austrian international’s recovery from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of action since the Hammers’ win against Cardiff towards the beginning of December. He said: “We will need to see his last examination, but I think that next week he will start working with the team.” Arnautovic has been an important player for West Ham this season and has led the line in fine fashion since Pellegrini’s appointment in the summer. The 29-year-old has found the net on five occasions so far this term and has also contributed with two assists. West Ham have been in impressive form of late and will be keen to come away from their upcoming clash against the Hornets with a fifth consecutive top-flight victory.

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