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Arsenal legend Wright says West Ham should let ‘abrasive’ Arnautovic leave

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes West Ham should let Marko Arnautovic leave the club this month, describing the striker as ‘abrasive’.

The Austrian forward, who has seven Premier League goals this season, has been the subject of a £40 million bid from an unnamed Chinese club.

Despite West Ham insisting that Arnautovic isn’t for sale, one-time Hammers striker Ian Wright clearly thinks the player could become a bad influence in the dressing room and should be allowed to depart during this current transfer window.

“I think he’ll be a problem and I think that’s what’s happened at Stoke,” Wright told BBC Radio 5Live.

“I think he’s been a problem most of the places he’s been.

“He wants to go – I’d let him go.”

Wright also believes the player has now said his goodbyes to the West Ham supporters after their 1-0 win over Arsenal.

“You could see the way he came off the pitch on Saturday, he’s gone, he wants to go and I would let him go because I think West Ham have got something going,” Wright added

“You look at his pattern and it always seems to be a little bit abrasive when he’s leaving. When it’s to go it’s just bang, out. Abrasive.”

Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke City in July 2017 for a then club record £20 million, signing a five-year contract at the London Stadium.