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West Ham United have fired a not-so-subtle shot at Marko Arnautovic following his departure to Shanghai SIPG.
This morning, West Ham confirmed Arnautovic's transfer to China. He's joined CSL champions Shanghai SIPG for a reported £22 million.
The Hammers posted a very brief statement regarding his exit: "West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee," a club statement reads.
"The 30-year-old Austrian departs after two seasons at London Stadium, during which he scored 22 goals in 65 appearances in Claret and Blue."
The Premier League club then appeared to take a sly dig at Arnautovic by posting a picture of Mark Noble, accompanied with the words: "True Hammer".
West Ham's parting shot didn't go unnoticed. Here's some reaction from social media:
THROW THAT SHADE!- Joe Raison (@JoeRaison) July 8, 2019
Loving this no-nonsense approach right now :muscle:⚒️- Dave Nash (@thedman77) July 8, 2019
Give this admin a pay rise- West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) July 8, 2019
Shade, no chill, ouch and mic drop all at the same time!!- DJ Rowland Samuel (@djrowsam) July 8, 2019
This definitely isn't a dig:joy:- Aran Nicol (@AranNicol3) July 8, 2019
Arnautovic only signed a new contract six months ago. He signed a five-year deal in January.
Though the Austrian will call time on his career in England by venturing to the Far East.
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