West Ham supporters reacted with concern on Twitter after Michail Antonio admitted that teammate Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club for China.
The 28-year-old told Sky Sports on Sunday that Arnautovic, who has been the subject of a rejected £35 million bid from an unnamed Chinese club, wants to leave the London Stadium this month.
During West Ham's 1-0 win over Arsenal over the weekend, Arnautovic was seen waving to the home crowd as he was substituted midway through the second half.
Amid all the speculation surrounding Arnautovic's future, the club did confirm on their official Twitter account on Thursday that their star player is not for sale.
Despite that statement, many West Ham supporters on Twitter were now adamant that their forward will leave following Antonio's worrying comments.
One fan stated that he was 'gutted' to hear the news about the Austrian, while another praised Antonio for being 'open' and 'honest' about the whole situation.
Other supporters felt that Antonio's comments about his teammate was just the confirmation that they needed that Arnautovic will be on his way this month.
Michail Antonio came across well. Open and honest. V nice guy. Bad timing if Arnautovic goes but who can blame him if the Chinese are offering ridiculous money? His head’s already turned. Snap their hands off if it’s £50m.— ⚒ G WHU ⚒ (@COYIRONS) January 13, 2019
He must be a journalist’s dream!— dave23bravo (@DavidHoughton82) January 13, 2019
Antonio has just said on Goals on Sunday that Arnautovic wants to leave for China, well there you have it, he’s off— Frankie Levin (@FrankWHUFC) January 13, 2019
It sounds as if Antonio definitely thinks Arnie is leaving— Adam Rowland (@rowland_whufc) January 13, 2019
He really said that? Surely the club wud have censored Antonio from saying anything or he really is that thick lol #COYI— ⚒ Marky Perkins ⚒ (@Supagrova1973) January 13, 2019
Since being moved into a central role by David Moyes last season, Arnautovic has looked a completely different player, scoring goals, providing assists and being the main threat for his team.
During this campaign, the Austrian has played 18 games in all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying two assists for his teammates.