Former top flight forward Andy Gray believes Marko Arnautovic was indicating he is leaving West Ham when he was brought off against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Hammers beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a Declan Rice goal and Arnautovic, who was subbed off in the second half, first clapped and then waved goodbye to the fans in what looked like a message of thanks to the supporters.




Arnautovic has been linked with an exit in the January transfer window and West Ham recently rejected a big-money bid from an unnamed Chinese club; the forward though is keen to move to China.

Gray feels that players are clever now and that Arnautovic’s actions point out that he is likely to leave the club.
 


“When players leave the football pitch, when they are subbed, what they do is clap the fans", Gray said on beIN SPORTS Soccer Saturday.

“When he left the pitch, he didn’t kind of clap them, he claps then does that [waves at them].
 

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“You don’t wave to your fans if you’re coming back next week or the week after.

“Players are very clever these days. They send little messages to us supporters and everybody who is watching that they have to work out.

“That to me wasn’t a guy coming off and thanking the fans. That to me was a guy coming off and saying ‘thank you, I’ve enjoyed my time here, but I’m off’.”

The 29-year old joined West Ham in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to make 53 appearances for the Hammers.

Arnautovic has been a key player for the team this season, having scored seven goals in the Premier League so far this season.