Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Arnie rolling back the years

Filed: Thursday, 11th October 2018
By: Staff Writer

He may be rapidly approaching his 30th birthday, but West Ham star Marko Arnautovic says he feels more like 20...

The Floridsdorf-born Austrian international is currently preparing to face Northern Ireland in Friday night's UEFA Nations League Group B encounter at the Ernst Happel Stadion.

And speaking to reporters on Thursday, Arnautovic insisted that, despite nursing a minor knee injury, he is feeling just as good as he did a decade ago when first beginning his journey as a pro.

Embed from Getty Images

"I feel like 20; it does not matter to me how old I am," said 'Arnie' ahead of what should be his 75th cap for his country. "I do not feel it in the body and in my bones and I'm as fit as I was five, six, seven years ago.

"I took a knock on the knee against Bosnia [last month], thereby an inflammation in the bone arose. You can't do anything about it; it will hurt a little longer, for weeks or maybe months. I just have to wait for the pain to go away.

"Northern Ireland reached the round of 16 at the 2016 European Championships and almost qualified for the 2018 World Cup. But we just have to win this game. Then we still have the chance to become first in the group."

Embed from Getty Images

Arnautovic, who enjoys a mostly private life away when not entertaining thousands of football supporters every week also took a swipe at those in the media who are more interested in his off-field antics rather than his professional career.

"If you write something about me in football, that's not a problem at all, that's your job," he said. "But about my private life - that's where I want respect. I don't talk about the private lives of others and nobody has the right to talk about my private life."

Related News

   arrow   In brief - Monday's news round-up [10th Dec 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [7th Dec 2018]
   arrow   Arnie out until 2019 [6th Dec 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [6th Dec 2018]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 3-1 Cardiff City [4th Dec 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [30th Nov 2018]
   arrow   Arnautovic fit for Newcastle test [29th Nov 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Tuesday's news round-up [27th Nov 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [23rd Nov 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [21st Nov 2018]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Sir Trevor Brooking makes memories for older West Ham United fans
At the end of November, Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking spent the aftern...more
Three Years Ago
Bilic, Kouyate, Payet & Lanzini: Wednesday's news
Get the very latest West Ham news in one place, with our new daily media round-up!...more
Five Years Ago
Sullivan: we wouldn't have signed Carroll
David Sullivan has admitted that Andy Carroll would not have been a West Ham player had the club kno...more