Arnautovic update before West Ham vs Man United

Coming off the back of their 8-0 win against Macclesfield in midweek, West Ham seem to have a new air of confidence.

A squad that held four academy graduates booked their spot in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

However, on Saturday lunchtime, the Hammers will face a far sterner test.

After taking a point off of Chelsea last week, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will welcome Manchester United to the London Stadium.

Prior to this weekend, the former Man City boss appears to have had one potential headache resolved.

West Ham will be glad to see that talisman Marko Arnautovic has spent the whole week in full training.

The 29-year-old is expected to be recalled from the start and spearhead the Hammers’ attack.

Arnautovic’s injury issue

Although the Austrian international did grab the third goal against Everton a fortnight ago, he was unable to complete 90 minutes.

West Ham’s top scorer was forced to miss last week’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea due to a knee injury he picked up at Goodison.

Arnautovic was replaced by Michail Antonio just after the hour mark.

Despite the hope he would return for last weekend’s London derby, Pellegrini explained his absence to Sky Sports.

“Marko tried in the last minute to see if he was 100 per cent fit. He just worked yesterday a little bit on set pieces and he felt uncomfortable, and this morning he couldn’t run,”

“So he tried, but he could not make it.”

However, after watching from the stands on Wednesday, Arnautovic is back to 100%.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

A stellar start to the new season

Aside from his minor injury blip against Everton, it has been a very impressive start for the 72-cap Austria international.

Arnautovic now has three Premier League goals in his opening five matches.

Flourishing since David Moyes’ decision to move him into a central position, the forward was even linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer.

Undoubtedly West Ham’s main man, the former Stoke winger now has nine goals in his 16 matches in 2018.

He has also picked up seven assists on that run.

Registering 11 Premier League goals last year, he became the first West Ham player in over decade to reach double figures.

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