No dressing room disharmony, says Noble

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 11th January 2019

Mark Noble has attributed last weekend's touchline incident involving Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Pellegrini to "a breakdown in communications".

The two momentarily clashed on the sidelines during the 2-0 win against Birmingham City when a furious Arnautovic was substituted with less than half-an-hour of the match having passed, with the Austrian claiming that he was fine to continue.

However Noble insisted that the pair had resolved the issue amicably and that there were no problems between Pellegrini and Arnautovic as a result.

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"The touchline staff thought he [Arnautovic] was feeling his back but he said he was fine," the club captain said in his latest column for the Evening Standard. There was a breakdown in communication.

"He was frustrated because he had scored and probably thought he could get one or two more. I went into the changing room and had a chat with him and I know he spoke to the manager afterwards, and everything was fine."

Noble also addressed the ongoing situation regarding Arnautovic's immediate future, following a purported ?35milion bid for the forward form an unnamed Chinese club earlier this week.

"I'm not qualified to comment on transfer stuff on any player because it's nothing to do with me," he added, "but I know he loves this club - and we love him."

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Whether or not Arnautovic starts against Arsenal on Saturday remains to be seen, but Noble insisted that with or without him the Hammers would be doing their very best to reverse the defeat in this season's corresponding fixture.

On that August afternoon the Gunners had to rely on two late goals to secure a 3-1 win, after the Hammers had taken at early lead at The Emirates. But Noble maintained that the current West Ham team was made of stronger stuff.

"We're looking forward to tomorrow against Arsenal," he said. "The way we're playing, we could have joy against any team and we're approaching the match to win it - because that's what the gaffer demands."

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