West Ham star Marko Arnautovic explains why Stoke fans hate him

Marcos Alonso of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

Marko Arnautovic joined West Ham United from Stoke City in the summer of 2017.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic has explained to The Sun why Stoke City fans hate him.

Arnautovic joined West Ham from Premier League rivals Stoke in the summer of 2017 for an initial transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £20 million.

The 28-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as a winger, moved to the Potters from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2013 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £2 million.

The Austria international was a success during his time at the Potters, and he has explained why Stoke fans hate him.

N'Golo Kante of Chelsea tackles Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United in the penalty area during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8,...

Arnautovic told The Sun: “Stoke fans hate me because I was their favourite and I left.

“I never did anything bad towards them but they love their club so they turned against me, I understand that.

“It would be a shame if Stoke were to go down because they were a top ten club and we never had to fight relegation when I was there.”

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in...

Big game tonight

Arnautovic will feature for West Ham in their Premier League game against Stoke at the London Stadium this evening.

With both the Hammers and the Potters in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, the game is going to be huge for the two teams.

Arnautovic has scored nine goals and provided four assists in 22 Premier League starts for West Ham so far this season.

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