West Ham United's attempts to highlight Marko Arnautovic's goal-scoring feats this season have backfired somewhat.
Arnautovic, who arrived at the London Stadium from Stoke City for a club record fee last summer, celebrated scoring his 11th Premier League goal of the season in Sunday's season-closing victory over Everton. His 63rd minute strike saw him become the Hammers' most prolific goal scorer in the league for 11 years, with Bobby Zamora the last man to hit that tally back in the 2006-07 season.
The celebratory message did not quite have the desired effect, however, with many fans deriding the club's often woeful record with strikers.
The fact none of our players have scored 11 goals for 12 years is embarrassing not something to shout about— DA (@DDDAAA74) May 14, 2018
That is terrible but he's done great for us as. He's only showed up in half of the season— ⚒️Callum Holder⚒️ (@CallumGHolder) May 14, 2018
That's just depressing.— Toby French (@TwoFaceToby) May 15, 2018
Others meanwhile were left to wonder what that number might have been had Javier Hernandez been afforded more game time up front. The former Manchester United striker started 16 times for the Hammers in his first season back in England, hitting the back of the net eight times after failing to hold down a regular role under David Moyes.
11 goals LMAO chicharito had 8 and played way less. lol what is moyes' logic here?— Mauricio Magallon (@Mauri_Magallon) May 15, 2018
If Chicharito played he’d be on 16-17— Con (@_ConnorWard) May 14, 2018
Chicharito score 7 or 8 en less minutes so........— Gustavo de Unanue (@GustavodeUnanue) May 14, 2018
Hernandez is already considering the possibility of leaving West Ham after just one season, according to a recent report from ESPN.