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West Ham transfer news: Noble reveals how Arnautovic feels about the Hammers

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Austrain Arnautovic is one of the Hammers’ most important players, and the club released a statement yesterday highlighting their desire for the 29-year-old to honour his contract.

A club statement read: “Marko Arnautovic has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale.”

Irons captain Noble has now spoken out about Arnautovic’s loyalty to the club, and it only seems positive.

“I’m not qualified to comment on transfer stuff on any player because it’s nothing to do with me, but I know he loves this club — and we love him,” Noble told the Evening Standard.

Arnautovic has cut a frustrated figure as of late, and looked forlorn after he was substituted against Birmingham in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend.

Noble admits that a “breakdown in communication” is what led to his team-mate's early bath.

“With regard to being substituted, the touchline staff thought he was feeling his back but he said he was fine, so there was a breakdown in communication,” he added.

“He was frustrated because he had scored and probably thought he could get one or two more.

“I wasn’t in the squad and was sitting with my son but I went into the changing room, had a chat with him and said, ’Come and watch the game because the last thing you want to do is leave early with the hump’.

“I know he spoke to the manager afterwards, though, and everything was fine.”

The transfer stand-off is reminding fans and pundits alike of the one that the club had with Dimitri Payet when he left two years ago.

The club had made their desires to keep Payet very clear, but the Frenchman ultimately forced a move back to Marseille because he felt homesick.

"I am angry and disappointed, because I have always said that he is one of the best players I have ever played with,” Noble said at the time.

"I had, and I say had because I haven't really spoken to him for the last two or three weeks, a great relationship with him, but I don't know his reasons.

"I am not going to comment on why he wanted to leave but I do know that if someone doesn't want to play for the team then they are better off not even playing."

It’s not been confirmed which Chinese club has made an offer, but West Ham will want to keep hold of their star-man if they’re to finish the season strongly.

The Hammers take on Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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