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Has Marko Arnautovic played his last game for West Ham United? The Austrian certainly appears to think so.
Despite ongoing speculation about his future, the former Stoke City forward led the line for the Hammers in the lunchtime win against Arsenal.
But when he was replaced by Andy Carroll in the second half, Arnautovic waved at supporters in the London Stadium as he left the field of play.
The long wave goodbye? :wave::wave::wave:
Has Marko Arnautovic played his last game for West Ham? ⚒#WHUARS pic.twitter.com/Bic6rUPH4c
- Goal (@goal) January 12, 2019
That is absolutely a wave goodbye from Arnautovic. Without a doubt
- Christian Wainwright (@Christian_Wain) January 12, 2019
So Arnautovic is leaving then. Waves to the fans as he's substituted. Looks pretty cut and dry that one. #WHU
- James Bower (@TheBowMonster) January 12, 2019
Arnautovic waves goodbye to West Ham fans? A Mourinho target last summer :eyes: pic.twitter.com/IMRVKNTAN5
- StrettyNews.com (@StrettyNews) January 12, 2019
Arnautovic waves to the fans as he gets subbed
- West Ham News (@whufc_news) January 12, 2019
Arnautovic subbed off and waves goodbye to the crowd, then shouts "I'LL BE MAKING SH*TLOAD OF MONEY IN CHINA LADS, YOU'D DO THE SAME"
- Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 12, 2019
Marko Arnautovic waves goodbye to the West Ham fans. Might have misread the mood there.
- Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 12, 2019
Another interesting note that supports the idea that Arnautovic could have played his last game in the claret colours of West Ham is the fact that his children were mascots for the game and accompanied him onto the pitch.
The 29-year old, who arrived in England in 2013 when he left Werder Bremen for Stoke City, has been subject to a £35 million bid from a Chinese Super League club.
The offer for their talisman was turned by West Ham, but Arnautovic's brother and agent Danijel revealed how the former Inter Milan wants to head to the Far East.
"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that," he told TalkSPORT.
"He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players' award. Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.
"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants. It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China."
Should West Ham allow Arnautovic to leave? Would it be a waste to see him join the list of talented players to move to China?
Sound off in the comments.
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