Marko Arnautović has signed a contract extension for West Ham after concerns about him leaving for a Chinese club in the January transfer window.
Supporters were dismayed when Arnautović’s agent confirmed that he wanted to move to the country and leave the London side.
A message from Marko Arnautovic to the fans: pic.twitter.com/QgLFhMuynm
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 26, 2019
However the story took another turn when the club announced they had tied him down with a new deal and released a video explanation from the player shortly after a shock 4-2 defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup.
These were the best jokes after the apparent u-turn as Marko Arnautović signs a West Ham contract extension:
Jesus Christ, read the room.
— Emily Pulham (@makingthemarrow) January 26, 2019
Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that we've been knocked out the Cup by AFC Wimbledon. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, Marko's got a big new contract. So, every cloud… You're still thinking about the bad news, aren't you? pic.twitter.com/cEiNolq7QC
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) January 26, 2019
I’m beginning to think this is a parody account.
— Mako (@WoWnut) January 26, 2019
— George Parr (@gparr246_1) January 26, 2019
Can’t wait for this to bang in the Summer when he moves to Shanghai SIPG
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) January 26, 2019
Someone behind the camera has a gun pointed to his head and told him to say this
— ITzDecort (@Decort1993) January 26, 2019
That’s all it was about. Never was a Chinese club.
— THFC1976 (@THFCsince76) January 26, 2019
And just to add to your joy tonight West ham are delighted to announce that they have persuaded Ogbonna, Masuaku and Carroll to sign new 8 year contracts
— Staffordshire COYI (@martynr61) January 26, 2019
Lol did he negotiate this at half time of today's game
— Ben Jury (@benjury75) January 26, 2019
Yesterday: “Let’s focus on the rest of this season and try to win the cup!” – Arnautovic
Today: Not in the squad again, Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham. pic.twitter.com/8htPDu70Ii
— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) January 26, 2019
Subtitles are confusing me. pic.twitter.com/msvixL6asL
— The General (@FPLGeneral) January 27, 2019
— FPL_Nick 🇬🇸 (@KiwiNick_FPL) January 27, 2019
I've seen happier people dying
— Chloe sheary (@ChloeSheary) January 27, 2019
Arnautovic be like…. pic.twitter.com/5OtPdPRqqw
— Lee (@lee2607wilson) January 26, 2019