This summer finally saw West Ham United lose their star striker Marko Arnautovic. It was, to say the least, not an amicable split.
The Austrian forced his move to China, in a deal reported by The Sun to be worth in the region of £23 million.
For many at West Ham and plenty of their fans, it was the manner in which he secured the exit that was disappointing.
West Ham’s annoyance at the way Arnautovic moved on was clear in the rather blunt goodbye statement after the transfer was confirmed.
It also left West Ham very short in the striking position, something they have since addressed with the signing of Sebastien Haller.
Because there is no doubt Arnautovic will be missed. Indeed, he has already shown the fans at his new club Shanghai SIPG just what he has to offer.
Arnautovic came on for his debut for the club yesterday in the Chinese Super League clash with Chongqing Dangdai Lifan. Arnautovic came on in the second-half for Hu Jinghang with SIPG 1-0 down.
After an own goal levelled the scoring, Arnautovic soon gave Shanghai the lead. Latching on to an assist from former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, the Austrian took just 18 minutes to score his first goal in China.
The game ended 2-2 but the enemy of West Ham’s summer has quickly shown just what he can bring to Chinese football, and what the Hammers will be missing.