West Ham have struggled of late after a tumultuous January window.
Mark Noble has compared Marko Arnautovic's January situation to that of Dimitri Payet's eventual move to Marseille in his London Evening Standard column, and claimed that it affected West Ham's recent form.
Arnautovic, 29, was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League after his brother and agent Danijel Arnautovic stated the attacker wanted to move. West Ham rejected a bid, and Arnautovic has remained.
Payet left West Ham in January 2017 to rejoin Marseille, after the playmaker forced an exit by stating he did not want to play for the Hammers until he was allowed to leave. He eventually rejoined Marseille, where has since remained.
Hammers skipper Noble compared the two players' situations and stated that Arnautovic's situation unsettled West Ham, as did Payet's move to Marseille. But he also stated that speculation surrounding Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll also had an impact.
"The last few frantic hours of the January transfer window may have provided entertainment for some but I have to say I was 100 per cent relieved when it was finally all over for another year," Noble said.
"As with the Dimitri Payet situation a couple of seasons ago, this window has been thoroughly unsettling for West Ham.Of course the Marko Arnautovic speculation became the centre of attention but, in fact, every one of our strikers has been linked with possible moves in the past couple of weeks."
"That has to have an effect on everyone, not just the players concerned but all the squad."
Arnautovic returned to the West Ham side last time out, but failed to prevent the Hammers suffering a dismal 3-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers - following defeats to AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth.
Noble and his teammates will be looking to prevent the Hammers losing four successive matches on Monday night, as the east Londoners take on Liverpool. Arnautovic will not feature, as he left the defeat to Wolves on crutches.
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