Arnautovic challenged to continue

02 January 2018 01:37:37 GMTPlus11

West Ham manager David Moyes has challenged Austria international forward Marko Arnautovic to maintain his excellent form of recent weeks.

Arnautovic has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games to help the Irons pick up eight points from a possible 15 in that period.

He's done really well for us, he has helped the team greatly.

David Moyes

And Moyes has praised the work-rate and effort of Arnautovic since the change of management at the London Stadium, while being well aware of the class that the former Stoke City man possesses.

He told reporters ahead of a crucial six-pointer at home to West Brom on Tuesday evening: "He was a big signing for the club and everybody expected big things from him as well.

"He wasn't a new recruit to the Premier League either, so you would have been hopeful that he could have hit the ground running.

"He's done really well for us, he has helped the team greatly. His energy and effort has rubbed off on the supporters as well, so he's doing a good job for us.

"But it needs to be continued, because we need him at the moment, he is the one who is really helping us, so I hope his form continues."

The two sides played out a goalless draw at The Hawthorns in mid-September, while the clash of the two teams at the London Stadium last season finished in a 2-2 draw, with Gareth McAuley netting a last-gasp equaliser for the Baggies.

West Ham are available at 2.15 to take all three points on Tuesday and are 11.00 to secure a 2-1 victory, with Arnautovic 3.20 to score at any time against the Baggies.

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