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West Ham are missing Marko Arnautovic more than they’ll care to admit

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West Ham are missing Marko Arnautovic more than they’ll care to admit

West Ham United fell to another defeat in the Premier League on Wednesday.

David Moyes’ side lost 2-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in a rescheduled fixture after it was initially postponed due to Storm Ciara.

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The Hammers had an unlikely to chance to get themselves out of the relegation zone, but gave City no trouble on the night.

The visitors mustered up just three attempts at goal, none of which hit the target.

There has been quite a bit of anger from fans in the aftermath of the game, particularly at Moyes for leaving big names such as Sebastien Haller, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen on the bench.

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Frenchman Haller has found the going tough this season following his club-record £45 million move from Eintracht Frankfurt (BBC Sport).

He’s scored just six goals so far, although it has been suggested a lack of support has been harming his game.

 

At times West Ham have lacked quality and fight in the final third, and it can be argued the club are missing someone who brought both of those things.

TBR’s view – West Ham missing Arnautovic

A lot of West Ham fans won’t like to admit it, but the Irons are struggling without Marko Arnautovic.

He left last summer in controversial fashion to join Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, which in most people’s minds was a financially-driven decision.

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West Ham have been strung by his exit – during his time at the London Stadium, the ex-Stoke City man largely showed he was a fighter, something that is really lacking in the team right now.

He also had strong physical qualities which made him a nightmare for defenders, and he could finish.

His £22 million departure (Telegraph) probably wasn’t preventable in the end, but West Ham could sure do with someone like him in their team right now, as the threat of relegation looms large.

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