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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Irons aiming to keep Arnautovic

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is eager to keep Marko Arnautovic at the club until at least the end of the season, amid talk of a big-money move to China.

The 29-year-old Austria international forward is reported to be the subject of a major bid from a Chinese club, with the player seemingly keen to explore the option.

However, ahead of a Saturday lunchtime Premier League derby clash with Arsenal, Pellegrini says he expects his player to focus on the job in hand.

He told reporters: "Those are all rumours. We know we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. At the moment we have no news about him.

"I don't want to talk about things that might happen. Marko in this moment is a player of our team – players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them, but that is one thing. I don't think they will go.

"I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might happen in the future. Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here."

Arnautovic's brother and agent, Danijel, had earlier told Talksport: "West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20million for him, which is nothing in the current market.

"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. Now West Ham have a fantastic offer, which is close to double what they paid for him.

"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles."

The Hammers are 13/5 to win on Saturday and are 12/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline, with Arnautovic 11/8 to score at any time in the game.

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Pellegrini calms Arnautovic fears

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down the severity of the back problem which forced Marko Arnautovic off early on in the FA Cup win over Birmingham City.

The Austria forward opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over the Blues at the London Stadium, with just two minutes on the clock.

However, he was then substituted 20 minutes into the game, with Arnautovic annoyed as he appeared to feel that he was okay to carry on.

Afterwards, Hammers head coach Pellegrini seemed unconcerned by either the injury or the touchline exchanges which followed the withdrawal of Arnautovic.

He said: "It's not very important because we won the game and he scored a goal.

"He felt some pain in his back at the beginning, I thought that it was better to change him because he is just coming off another injury and he played 90 minutes less than 72 hours ago.

"After that he could continue, but I think it was not good to take the risk. He was angry for just one minute – that is it. He wanted to continue.

"Maybe (he signalled) for the change, but after that he felt well. He doesn't have a problem, just some pain in his back and nothing more."

The Irons are back in action on Saturday when they play host to Arsenal, with the clash between the London rivals at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season having ended 3-1 to the hosts.

West Ham are 5/2 to defeat Arsenal next weekend, with a 2-2 draw priced at 11/1, while a 2-1 final scoreline in favour of the hosts is 12/1.

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Arnautovic confirms injury setback

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has signalled that he will be out of action for the foreseeable future, having injured a hamstring against Cardiff City.

The 29-year-old Austria international has been the standout performer for the Londoners so far this season, scoring five Premier League goals, despite having to contend with a number of injury problems.

However, Arnautovic, who has not found the net in his last four games, accepts that he now requires rest and recuperation, making him a major doubt for the hectic festive period coming up.

He posted on Instagram: "Thank you so much for all your messages. I will be out for a while, but I will do everything to come back strong and quick."

Meanwhile, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini played down the severity of the ankle injury which kept summer signing Jack Wilshere out of the victory over the Bluebirds.

The former Arsenal midfielder has only played five times since joining the Irons, but Pellegrini is confident that the England international will be back in contention sooner rather than later, having picked up his latest knock during training.

He told reporters: "Jack has a small pain in his ankle, not the one he injured before."

Next up for West Ham is a London derby against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday, with this fixture having ended in a 1-1 draw last season.

The Irons are 11/10 to claim a third consecutive league victory on Saturday and are 10/1 to win the game 2-0, with the hosts 7/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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More injury woe for Arnautovic

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic needs to have a scan on the injury he picked up in West Ham's 3-1 win against Cardiff City.

The Austria international had to be substituted before the interval after appearing to pick up a hamstring injury.

He may miss Saturday's game against Crystal Palace, which the Hammers are 13/10 to win.

Pellegrini has also revealed that Jack Wilshere was omitted from the squad because he is continuing his comeback from an ankle injury.

The Chilean said: "We cannot know about Marko at this moment. We must wait until Wednesday to see the medical examination and then we'll know what it is.

"I didn't want to take any risks with Jack. If he needed to play he could play, it was just to not take a risk."

After a goalless first half, West Ham scored three times inside the first 16 minutes of the second period with Lucas Perez grabbing a brace and Michail Antonio also getting on the scoresheet before the Bluebirds, 8/15 to be relegated this season, netted a late consolation goal.

West Ham are 1/1 to finish in the top half of the table after recording back-to-back victories against Newcastle on Saturday and now Cardiff.

"It was a good game with a good result," Pellegrini added. "Maybe it was different in each half – the first 45 minutes we didn't play so well, but in the second half we made more movement to create the space to try to score.

"It's good to believe in what we are doing. In every game we try to win from the first minute whether we are away or at home, and maybe that change of style is not easy to do in a short time, but game-by-game we are improving."

Arnautovic fit to face Magpies

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has overcome hip and knee problems and is fit to feature against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Austria international, who has scored five Premier League goals already this season, limped on late on in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini says his player has trained well throughout the week.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "Marko worked the whole week without any problems. He has one day more to recover for the game, but he's okay, he is fit to play."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini also confirmed that both Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could feature, with the England international duo having both undergone ankle surgery over the summer.

The Chilean added: "Andy is one step further forward than Jack because he played 45 minutes in the game against Brentford and was on the bench last week.

"Both worked without problems this week, so may be in the squad on Saturday."

Pellegrini concluded that he does not see the clash with the Magpies as any more important than any other match, with the hosts resurgent after winning three consecutive Premier League games.

"For me, the pressure is always exactly the same," Pellegrini added. "I never divide the games into game you can win or lose. I never think we can lose, we always try to win.

"It's important to have a strong mind. Our mentality is to understand that there are no weaker teams and we must try to play our best."

The Irons, who have lost on their last three visits to Tyneside, are 11/5 to earn a draw on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2.

Meanwhile, West Ham are 16/1 to be relegated come the end of the season, with Newcastle available at 5/1.

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Premier League West Ham vs Manchester City: Unstoppable City on the March!

Can anyone get in the way of Manchester City? It’s beginning to look unlikely. West Ham aren’t the easiest place to go, but the Sky Blues had a picnic as Leroy Sane bagged a brace.

Three first-half goals turned the second half into a victory stroll, and this was against a side which had big wins over Manchester United and Everton while holding Chelsea to a draw. But former City boss Manuel Pellegrini could only watch as his Hammers were dismantled in the first 45.

So the big Saturday afternoon game, Premier League: West Ham vs Manchester City gave us more evidence, if we needed it, that Pep Guardiola’s team really is something special. One hundred points last season, and they are on target to do it again with 35 from 13 games. us Premier League 2018 could be yet another season of records for the Sky Blues.

Highlights of the game

City arrived on the back of a superb derby win before the international break, and they had an electric start at the London Stadium by going two up within twenty minutes. And the opener came from the Sky Blues’ most influential player over the past decade, David Silva. Kyle Walker passed to Raheem Sterling, and his cross was deflected into the path of Silva who beat Lukasz Fabianski with ease.

And then on 19 minutes, City strolled through the West Ham defence to add another. Leroy Sane beat former Sky Blue defender Pablo Zabaleta and crossed low and hard for the easiest of tap-ins for Sterling. The West Ham vs Manchester City betting odds favoured an away win from the off, but the odds on a City win had just shrunk out of sight.

Marko Arnautovic have to step up in their next matches after Premier League West Ham vs Manchester City results

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic leaves the pitch to receive medical attention

The Hammers had a chance to pull one back when Marko Arnautovic was put in by Michail Antonio, but the Austrian’s shot was blocked by Walker. The West Ham fans were looking for a big performance from Arnautovic after his agent (and brother) had put out to the press that his client wanted to leave West Ham, leaving Pellegrini to insist his big striker is happy in East London.

There was not a lot Arnautovic could do when City as good as sealed the points before the break, as his defence stood and watched while Sterling volleyed a ball into Sane. After fooling Fabian Balbuena with a dummy, the German fired home to make it three.

It was all over by half-time, and the home fans must have feared the worst for the second 45. They were on their feet on the hour when substitute Javier Hernandez put Antonio through on goal, but his shot bounced away off the post.

Ilkay Gundogan almost made it 0-4, but Fabianski made a super save down at his near post before gathering the ball to deny Sergio Aguero.

City’s day and West Ham’s misery was complete in injury time when Gabriel Jesus crossed for Sane, who controlled before smashing the ball home for his second.

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Manchester City David Silva scores the opening goal in Premier League West Ham vs Manchester City clash

Manchester City’s David Silva scores their first goal against West Ham United

David Silva’s opener was the fourth game in a row in which the mercurial Spaniard had scored; some record for a creator. West Ham must be sick of the sight of him. He’s been involved in ten goals against them, six of which he has scored and four were assisted.

In fact, the Hammers must be sick of the sight of Manchester City. West Ham vs Manchester City results never seem to go well for the Irons. The Sky Blues have won all five of their Premier League games with West Ham since Pep took over and have now scored four in their last three away games to the Hammers.

The Champions love a trip to the capital. They are the first team to win six top-flight games in a row in London since Portsmouth back in 1951.

What’s next?

The Sky Blues are looking like a good bet to retain their title after yet another big win, and Pep now turns his attention to the Champions League and a visit to Lyon. The Ligue 1 team stunned the Sky Blues at the start of the campaign and sit in second place in Group F. Following that, Bournemouth are the visitors at the Etihad. The Cherries have made a great start to this season but they’ll need a minor miracle to stop City in this mood.

The Hammers can get straight back to Premier League matters and have a run of fixtures which should wipe away the painful memory of today’s ordeal. They face Newcastle, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham in the next four games, and they should pick up a few points from that selection.



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Arnautovic dismisses move talk

Marko Arnautovic has distanced himself from comments his brother and agent said recently regarding his desire to leave West Ham United.

Daniel Arnautovic said during the international break that the Austria international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, was keen to play for a top team and was "ready for the next step".

However, the Hammers star said on Instagram "To all the fans don't put bad energy into comments. Nothing is true from the newspapers its not always good to believe what u read."

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has also insisted that Arnautovic is happy and is not seeking a move.

Before this week's game against Manchester City, a club the Chilean managed between 2013 and 2016, Pellegrini said: "I know Marko. I know the way he thinks.

"I think that every player in every team must have an ambitious mind and want to continue improving his career. But I am sure he is happy here and the best way to (show) it is to continue having good performances."

Arnautovic, who moved to West Ham from Stoke City in July 2017, is 3/1 to score at any time against Manchester City, while a draw in the match can be backed at 11/2. Pellegrini's team are 12/1 to score a penalty in the encounter.

Arnautovic ignores transfer talk

Forward Marko Arnautovic has vowed to retain his focus on putting in good performances for West Ham and not be distracted by talk of a possible move away from the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old Austria international has impressed so far this term for the Irons, despite having to nurse a knee problem and his agent and brother Danijel recently spoke of the prospect of his sibling joining a Champions League club, perhaps even as soon as the January transfer window.

However, former Werder Bremen and Stoke City frontman Arnautovic says he will not allow himself to lose focus on the job in hand, starting with a Premier League clash with reigning champions and current table-toppers Manchester City.

He told Sky Sports after helping Austria defeat Northern Ireland 2-1: "I don't want to talk about that. I concentrate on West Ham and we have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games.

"Whatever is going on with my agent and the clubs is not my business. My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do."

The Hammers have lost their last five meetings with the Citizens, conceding 18 goals in the process, with the London Stadium meeting last season ending in a 4-1 victory for the visitors.

West Ham can be backed at 5/1 to secure a draw on Saturday afternoon, with City 2/9 to win the game and 10/3 to do so by a two-goal margin.

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Arnautovic ready for next step

Marko Arnautovic's agent has indicated that the Austria international could leave West Ham United in January.

The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals in 41 Premier League appearances for the Hammers since joining the club from Stoke City in the summer of 2017.

He has found the net five times in the top-flight already this season, including one against Burnley earlier this month.

However, his agent and brother Danijel believes Arnautovic can play for a club that is playing in Europe on a regular basis.

He has not been involved in Europe with the Hammers or Stoke having featured in both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup with Twente and Werder Bremen.

Arnautovic told the Austrian newspaper Kurier: "I'm 29, so that's the best age. It's clear that I want to compete with the best players. But in this affair I totally trust my brother."

Danijel said: "[An exit] is possible. It was already very, very close last summer. He's already playing in the Premier League and that's where the best players are. But for a player like Marko this cannot be the end.

"He's a big part of West Ham's team but I think it's possible to tease out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team.

"Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation. He should play for the international spots.

"Marko is really enjoying playing for West Ham. He loves that club and the fans. But there is still that feeling, that this cannot be the end. And everybody should understand that."

Austria are 1/1 to win their next match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday while West Ham can be backed at 12/1 to beat Manchester City on 24th November.