West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that striker Marko Arnautovic was unhappy after being substituted during the club’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City last weekend.
The Austrian international scored the opening goal after just two minutes. He was eventually taken off during the 20th minute of the game and did not look happy at all.
Arnautovic walked off the field unhappy and approached the Hammers medical team to question them before going down the tunnel.
Pellegrini has since said that he took off the striker as he had back pain. From a Hammers perspective, taking off Arnautovic was a good decision. The 29-year-old is arguably the club’s best player at the moment. His presence will be vital if they are to achieve a strong finish on the top half of the standings this season.
Pellegrini said as quoted by Sky Sports: “It’s not very important because we won the game and he scored a goal.
” He (Marko Arnautovic) felt some pain in his back at the beginning, I thought that it was better to change him because he is just coming off another injury and he played 90 minutes less than 72 hours ago.
“After that he could continue, but I think it was not good to take the risk. He was angry for just one minute, that is it. He wanted to continue.
“Maybe (he signalled) for the change but after that he felt well. He doesn’t have a problem, just some pain in his back and nothing more.”
The man who replaced Marko Arnautovic was Andy Caroll. The Englishman went on to add a second goal during second half stoppage time to complete the scoring. Fans of the East Londoners can certainly hope that the goal which is Caroll’s first of this season and give him confidence to score more regularly between now and the end of the season.