It has been a wretched few months for Marko Arnautovic and that continued as he pulled on an Austria shirt on Thursday night. The West Ham forward played the full 90 minutes for his country in their 1-0 home defeat to Poland but failed to get back on the goal trail with a performance that divided Irons as well as international fans. Some claimed the controversial 29-year-old, whose form has nosedived after he tried to engineer a January transfer to China, was “seriously good” as he moved quicker than he had at any time over the previous three months. Others suggested he had a dreadful game that highlighted once again how far he is off from his 2018 form. The truth was somewhere in between. Arnautovic looked Austria’s most dangerous player, and there were glimpses of his quality, but much of what he did failed to come off. Those looking for hints of an end to the barren spell that has not yielded a goal since 2 January were disappointed.
This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
That's the quickest I've seen Arnautovic move in 3 months, no surprise it's in an Austrian shirt.
— BKHammer (@BKhammer1) March 21, 2019
I feel bad for Arnautovic. He wants his players to push up, but the coach played a 1 striker formation.
— Brian Schwab (@Staydown046) March 22, 2019
Arnautovic's ability was seriously good yesterday. Love watching this guy
— Christopher Friday (@9UBALA) March 22, 2019
Poland!! Arnautovic go home!!!
— Tomasz Tom (@TomaszTom8) March 21, 2019
Arnautovic is one of the worst footballers I’ve ever seen
— newey (@willnew_) March 21, 2019
Might not be the most popular opinion, but watching a bit of this Austria game just to see how much effort Arnautovic is putting in for hes country and it doesn't look any different to him playing for West Ham, so tbh I dont think it's a matter of what happened in January…
— Sam Harding (@samharding_93) March 21, 2019
I only watched two mins, but in that two minutes he actually nearly scored a free kick hahah
— Callum (@WHUFCallum_) March 21, 2019
#Arnautovic with a free-kick from a promising position that sails agonisingly wide of the upright. So close!
— The Other Bundesliga Podcast (@OtherBundesliga) March 21, 2019