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West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic can fulfil expectations

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West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic can fulfil expectations

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has urged attacker Marko Arnautovic to enjoy the “complete season” and this could be his best year to date.

The in-form ace has already scored four goals in six Premier League fixtures and is the first-choice striker at the London Stadium.

He managed a return of 11 goals in the last campaign and his move to a more central role midway through the season certainly helped him in front of goal.

The Austria international now has an entire season to be the talisman for the Hammers and is good enough to fulfil expectations.

Pellegrini has certainly set the bar high for Arnautovic and that should help get the best out of him.


“Marko has a lot of power and he will also keep improving because he can give more,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“He can score more goals and he must have a complete season.

“He has some problem in his knee but he has started the season well. When you are a top player, you must always seek to perform well and to score.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arnautovic is now the focal point at the point of attack and has creative maestros such as Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko as a supply line.

His best ever goalscoring season in his career was the return of 14 for Dutch side FC Twente back in the 2008/09 campaign, while he managed 12 one year for Stoke City.

But the 29-year-old now appears to be at the peak of his powers and should break his own individual records if he stays fit.

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