Slaven Bilic says Marko Arnautovic is hungry to make up for red card

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic (L) vies with Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia during the English Premier League football match between...

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic is available after serving a three-game ban for a red card.

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic (L) vies with Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia during the English Premier League football match between...

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Belfast Telegraph that Marko Arnautovic is "hungry" to atone for his red card in the defeat at Southampton last month.

West Ham were without their £25 million club-record signing for three games after the Austria international picked up a straight red card for an elbow on Jack Stephens.

It was only the 28-year-old's second game for the Irons since joining from Stoke City in the summer but Arnautovic is back in contention for Saturday's trip to West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic reacts to a missed goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium...

And although Bilic concedes that his big-money acquisition "did something very bad", the Hammers boss has called on him to make up for it by way of goals and assists.

"It's not a one-man game but he did something very bad at the start of his West Ham career," he told The Belfast Telegraph.

"Instead of helping us straight away he wasn't there for three games because of what he did against Southampton. So now he has to make it up to us.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United is shown a red card by referee Lee Mason during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017...

"I've spoken to him a few times about that and he's said he can't wait to come back and that he wants to make it up to us. I'm expecting that from him. He is very hungry and very motivated to do it."

West Ham, who lost their first three Premier League games, stopped the rot with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Monday.

But the trip to The Hawthorns is another big test for Bilic and co, and another defeat would pile the pressure on the former Croatia boss whose days might still be numbered.

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