West Ham winger Marko Arnautovic has hit back at his critics, claiming that they largely have “no work, probably no life and no idea”.
In a scathing response to those who have criticised him in recent weeks, Arnautovic discussed his season so far with Austrian outlet Laola1, as covered by the Evening Standard.
Most of them have no work, probably no life and no idea. I respect every real fan, so don’t get me wrong. They were all happy to have me come to West Ham because I had done very well at Stoke but they only see what happens in the stadium, they do not see what you do at training and in private. I am highly motivated.
I know I have a strong character, I know I can get back to where I was. I have lost nothing and I’m not in crisis. West Ham can count on me 100 per cent.
The experienced attacker has come under fire from pundits and West Ham fans alike in recent times for his conduct, which has been somewhat poor since his arrival in London.
Arnautovic was sent off in only West Ham’s second Premier League game of the season at Southampton, and has flattered to deceive since a big-money move from Stoke City in the summer.
The 28-year-old was also happy to talk about what has gone wrong so far at the London Stadium, as he explained the setbacks he has encountered since the move.
I would like to explain it briefly. I came to the club as a record transfer, we played Manchester United in my first game then I got a red card in the second – that was a setback, three games out so no match practice.
Then I came back and got sick – really sick – and then I went to the national team where I was not 100 per cent fit. Of course it has something to do with the team, since we do not have won.
I got myself these setbacks, such as the red card, or being sick.
Arnautovic will surely be looking to put things right after the international break, with David Moyes having come in as the club’s new manager.