It is fair to say Stan Collymore is not the president of the Marko Arnautovic fan club.
While pundits and neutrals alike have been impressed by the Austrian’s transformation into an effective centre forward at West Ham United, scoring four Premier League goals already this season, he still has a lot to do to win over the former Aston Villa striker.
Collymore wrote in his Mirror column in September that Arnautovic “sets the worst possible example as a player” and he has now taken aim at the former Stoke City man again – albeit in sarcastic tones.
Arnautovic struggled to make his usual impact in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday with Lewis Dunk, who was called into the England squad last week, winning the individual battle at The Amex.
And Collymore has not wasted a chance to get another dig in.
“Dunk kept a clean sheet for Brighton on Friday against the world’s best player, Marko Arnautovic, so that’s probably why he got in the (England) squad,” the outspoken pundit told the Mirror (9 October, page 51).
Arnautovic has fielded questions about his attitude in the past, Jose Mourinho famously describing him as a ‘child’ during their time together at Inter Milan, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
But, in the 29-year-old’s defence, examples of Arnautovic throwing his toys out of the pram have been few and far between since he arrived at the London Stadium in 2017.
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