Pellegrini seeks Arnautovic resolution

Pellegrini labels Declan Rice ‘a complete player’ after first West Ham goal sinks Arsenal

Last Updated: 12/01/19 5:01pm

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Manuel Pellegrini says he will wait and see what happens with Marko Arnautovic but insists they must do what is right for the club.

Manuel Pellegrini says he will wait and see what happens with Marko Arnautovic but insists they must do what is right for the club.

Manuel Pellegrini hopes a decision over Marko Arnautovic’s future that suits all parties can be reached.

Pellegrini named Arnautovic in West Ham’s starting line-up for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, despite the forward appearing to be keen on a January move to China.

The 29-year-old’s brother and agent claimed earlier in the week that Arnautovic wants to leave for the Chinese Super League and implored the club not to stand in his way.

Arnautovic was given a positive response by home fans at the London Stadium, although he appeared to wave to all corners of the ground as he was substituted midway through the second half.

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Marko Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the West Ham fans as he was substituted in their match with Arsenal.

Marko Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the West Ham fans as he was substituted in their match with Arsenal.

“We will see what happens in the next few days,” said Hammers boss Pellegrini. “The club must see what is best for the club, the player, for everyone.

“I hope he will take the best decision. I have been in this position a lot of time in my 30 years, but I’m calm with nothing 100 per cent sure [regarding Arnautovic’s future].”

While Arnautovic was the big talking point for West Ham, match-winner Declan Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini.

The 19-year-old, who turns 20 on Monday, celebrated his recent signing of a new contract with his first West Ham goal.

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Declan Rice scored his first Premier League goal to give West Ham victory against Arsenal in the Premier League.

Declan Rice scored his first Premier League goal to give West Ham victory against Arsenal in the Premier League.

“I am sure Declan will be a top player,” Pellegrini added. “Declan is improving in every game. I decided for him to be a midfielder, he is playing the ball forward more, he shoots well and goes forward well.

“He is a complete player. I’m sure that we are seeing a top player soon and we will see not only for West Ham but also for the national squad that he decides to play for.”

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