Pellegrini makes call for support

West Ham star Marko Arnautovic needs more support according to Irons head coach Manuel Pellegrini, with the forward without a goal in his last eight club games.

The 29-year-old Austria international had already netted seven Premier League goals by early January, but has been unable to add to his tally since then.

That loss of form has coincided with a struggle to overcome a niggling knee injury, as well as Arnautovic having looked set to leave the Hammers to head to China.

However, Pellegrini feels the time is right for everyone associated with the club to join together and aid Arnautovic in his efforts to end the season on a positive note.

The Chilean admitted. "The fans are not happy, Marko is not happy, but this happens to players when they are not in their best moment.

"They need support more than punishment. Marko wants to do things better, he is absolutely involved with our team – China is over.

"Anyone thinking Marko doesn't want to be here, they are wrong. I repeat he is not in a good moment – he doesn't have the same support of the fans that he had six months ago, but with work and the right mentality then he will return."

Arnautovic and West Ham are back in action on Monday evening, when they make a visit to Stamford Bridge to take on capital rivals Chelsea.

The Irons are 17/2 to win the game, with Arnautovic priced at 3/1 to score at any time, while the Blues are available at 8/1 to secure a 1-0 victory.

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Arnautovic set for Irons start

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has dropped a major hint that forward Marko Arnautovic will start the Premier League game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Austria international, who has scored seven Premier League goals so far this season, has not begun a game for the Hammers since the 3-0 defeat at Wolves at the end of January.

However, Pellegrini is preparing to recall Arnautovic for the visit of the rock-bottom Terriers to the London Stadium, with the hosts looking to consolidate their position in the top half of the Premier League standings.

He told reporters at his pre-match briefing: "Marko was out of the team for several reasons, first because his mind was out when he had the option to go to China.

"After that he returned and he didn't work for about a week, so he needed some time to recover his performance.

"After that he was sick and was going to start against Manchester City, but he felt bad on the day.

"They are the reasons why he's started on the bench, but he's ready to return to his (starting) position."

Earlier this season the Irons earned a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium, with Felipe Anderson cancelling out an early opener for the hosts from Alex Pritchard.

West Ham are available at 8/15 to win the game on Saturday, with Arnautovic priced at 13/10 to score at any time in the match.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini's side are 4/5 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Pellegrini welcomes tough choice

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased to have a number of attacking options to choose from as he aims to help his side finish the season on a positive note.

The Hammers have lost just one of their last five Premier League games and that was a narrow 1-0 reverse at reigning champions Manchester City.

And Pellegrini had been pleased with the form shown by Javier Hernandez, while he is delighted to have Marko Arnautovic fully recovered from injury and challenging for a starting spot.

Ahead of a Saturday trip to take on Cardiff City, the Chilean told reporters: "Javier is in a good moment – his commitment with the team, he is making good movements in attack.

"Maybe, as with all other strikers, they want to score more goals, but he is involved in the play that allows us to score.

"We also have now coming back Marko Arnautovic, so I think we also have an option also not only in the starting eleven, but we have important options on the bench also.

"I always say for a manager it is more difficult when you don't have players (to choose from). Having good options for me is a solution, not a problem."

Arnautovic and Hernandez both started when the Bluebirds were beaten 3-1 at the London Stadium earlier this season.

The Irons can be backed at 21/20 to claim all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend, with the draw priced at 23/10, while Arnautovic is available at 8/5 to score at any time in the game.

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Irons welcome back Arnautovic

West Ham will have star forward Marko Arnautovic available for selection for the derby clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Austria international was forced to sit out the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool on Monday evening due to a bruised foot sustained in the 3-0 reverse at Wolves six days earlier.

However, Hammers head coach Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Arnautovic has trained without ant issues through the week and will be in contention to feature against the Eagles.

He told reporters: "Marko worked the complete week. It is good news, of course. He is a player who makes a difference and important for our team.

"He needs to recover his best form after not playing and his last injury – I hope he will be an important player for the remainder of the season."

Arnautovic, who was heavily linked with a move to China during the January transfer window, has scored seven league goals for the Irons so far this season, including two in a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton just over a month ago.

He is available at 21/10 to score at any time against Palace on Saturday, with the Hammers having won 3-2 when the two sides met at the London Stadium in early December.

Felipe Anderson got on the scoresheet in that game and the Brazilian is 3/1 to find the net at any time on Saturday.

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Pellegrini aiming to shock leaders

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side are capable of responding to a run of three straight defeats by beating Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Hammers have suffered losses to Bournemouth and Wolves in their last two Premier League outings, with a stunning 4-2 FA Cup reverse at AFC Wimbledon sandwiched in between.

However, Pellegrini is expecting a major reaction from his players when the Reds head to the London Stadium on Monday evening,

The Chilean told reporters: "I think we can beat Liverpool of course; every team can win every match in the Premier League.

"We want to beat Liverpool, but we cannot play on nerves because they have top players who can change the game at any time.

"We need to play at high pace like we did at home to Arsenal and Manchester United and other (big) clubs."

The Irons are 7/1 to win the game on Monday and are 17/4 to secure a draw, with a 2-2 final scoreline priced at 20/1.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini is hopeful that forward Marko Arnautovic will have recovered from a foot problem to feature against the Reds.

The Austrian limped off late on in the 3-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek and is a doubt for Monday, although Pellegrini is hoping for good news over the weekend.

He added: "We are not sure about Marko. We need to see the development and the pain in his foot. We have 72 hours more to see if he will be able to play.

"It's more a question for the doctor. We will see on Saturday and if he can kick the ball."

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Pellegrini aiming to shock leaders

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side are capable of responding to a run of three straight defeats by beating Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Hammers have suffered losses to Bournemouth and Wolves in their last two Premier League outings, with a stunning 4-2 FA Cup reverse at AFC Wimbledon sandwiched in between.

However, Pellegrini is expecting a major reaction from his players when the Reds head to the London Stadium on Monday evening,

The Chilean told reporters: "I think we can beat Liverpool of course; every team can win every match in the Premier League.

"We want to beat Liverpool, but we cannot play on nerves because they have top players who can change the game at any time.

"We need to play at high pace like we did at home to Arsenal and Manchester United and other (big) clubs."

The Irons are 15/2 to win the game on Monday and are 17/4 to secure a draw, with a 2-2 final scoreline priced at 20/1.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini is hopeful that forward Marko Arnautovic will have recovered from a foot problem to feature against the Reds.

The Austrian limped off late on in the 3-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek and is a doubt for Monday, although Pellegrini is hoping for good news over the weekend.

He added: "We are not sure about Marko. We need to see the development and the pain in his foot. We have 72 hours more to see if he will be able to play.

"It's more a question for the doctor. We will see on Saturday and if he can kick the ball."

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Arnautovic commits to Hammers’ cause

West Ham forward Mark Arnautovic says he is fully committed to the club after putting pen to paper on a contract extension at the London Stadium.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Austrian international's future, with reports a move to China was imminent.

However, Arnautovic has now extended his stay with Hammers and says he is looking forward to getting back to playing under manager Manuel Pellegrini.

"I want to say to the fans that I'm happy to stay," said the striker in a statement released by West Ham. "I'm glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused [to play or train]. I would never refuse."

He added: "The fans gave me the power, they gave me the energy and that's why I have to be here and that's why I want to stay. I never wanted to run away because I hate this club, this was never my intention."

West Ham are next in action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to Wolves in the Premier League.

The Hammers are 11/4 to win, 12/5 to draw and 1/1 to lose at Molineux.

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Arnautovic rules out Irons exit

Forward Marko Arnautovic has pledged his immediate future to West Ham, following rumours of a potential big-money move to China this month.

The 29-year-old Austria international joined the Hammers from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 and has since scored 19 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.

However, his time at the club appeared to be drawing to a close as talk of a January exit continued to swirl, before Arnautovic himself finally put such talk to bed.

He posted on Instagram: "I guess it's no secret that there has been an offer for me and I have to admit that the offer was a very tempting one for me and my family.

"I have now decided to put a stop to all the writings and speculation. I'm a professional footballer and the only thing I know in life is to play football.

"It's clear that London and West Ham United feels like home for me and I hope the West Ham fans have always seen that.

"The club has pointed my career in the right direction since I joined and therefore I want to put the offers aside, help the club climb as high as possible in the table and try to win the FA Cup."

Arnautovic could be back in action on Saturday evening, when West Ham travel across the capital to take on AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Hammers are 1/3 to win the game and 5/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with West Ham 16/1 to go all the way and lift the FA Cup this season.

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Carroll tipped to stay with Hammers

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says that he expects Andy Carroll to stay with the club until the summer at least.

The striker, whose time with the Hammers has been dogged by injury, has been the subject of transfer speculation this month with Tottenham reportedly keen to recruit him to solve their striker crisis with Harry Kane out of action.

However, Pellegrini doesn't think he will leave the club in January despite only having six months remaining on his contract.

The Hammers boss said of his striker: "I think that Andy's improving in every game that he plays. He had a very long injury but he's working now the complete week with the squad.

"I think that his performances are also improving, so I hope that in every game he is involved in he demonstrates that."

Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference ahead of his side's trip to League One Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend where the Hammers are 2/5 to win through to the last 16, the Dons are 15/2 with the draw 7/2.

Pellegrini also addressed the future of another player linked with a move away from the London Stadium, Marko Arnautovic.

The player has been the subject of considerable interest from the Chinese Super League and Pellegrini was unable to reassure Hammers fans, adding: "I don't know what will happen. It's impossible for me to know the future. You as a manager are always worried about any different issues that you have with your squad."

On making changes for Saturday's game, the Hammers boss said that due to injury problems he only has a limited number of players to choose from and also had a Premier League game with Wolves next Tuesday in his thoughts.

Carroll is 4/1 to score the first goal on Saturday while West Ham are 16/1 to win the FA Cup this season.

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No Arnautovic movement yet

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed there is still no movement in a proposed exit for striker Marko Arnautovic.

The Austrian's agent last week suggested his brother wanted a move to China, with West Ham reportedly having been offered £35m for a player they acquired for £20m last year from Stoke City.

The Hammers however released a statement suggesting they would not be willing to sell, insisting Arnautovic had a contract they anticipated he would honour.

Ahead of this weekend's trip to Bournemouth, where West Ham are 9/5 to win, Pellegrini has revealed the forward is working well in training.

"He is working with the team without any problem. He has a contract here so we will know what happens with that in the coming days," said the Chilean.

Meanwhile Pellegrini has suggested that former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has returned to English football with a point to prove.

The 31-year-old ex-French international impressed last weekend on his debut as West Ham overcame Arsenal at the London Stadium.

"He has a lot of quality, in the way he wants to get some revenge in football. His quality, we never had any doubts about him," Pellegrini said.

West Ham are 18/1 to beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, while the game is 13/5 to end level.

Last weekend's match-winner Declan Rice continues to impress his boss.

"He is a player that will continue improving, he is just 20-years-old so he has a lot of time to continue growing as a player. I think he can play both positions [centre back and midfield] but I repeat that he is improving every day," added the West Ham boss.

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