Pellegrini wants big things from Arnautovic


There was some silver lining for West Ham United fans following their shock exit from the FA Cup at the hands of AFC Wimbledon this weekend with the news that star striker Marko Arnautovic has signed a new contract at the East London club to keep him in the claret and blue until 2023.

"I'm happy for this", he said, "and I want to say to the fans that I'm happy to stay".

Felipe Anderson has been directly involved in four of West Ham's last five away league goals, scoring three and assisting another.

"I said yesterday on my Instagram page that obviously it was a big offer, an interesting offer and me and my family took some time and thought about this because I think any human being would think about this", he said.

Everton were defeated controversially 3-2 by Championship side Millwall, while West Ham's demise was even starker: they went down 4-2 to League One's basement side AFC Wimbledon.

Pellegrini was scathing of his side after a 4-2 defeat at Wimbledon, and says they need to find consistency if they are to have a chance of winning what looks like being a battle for seventh place in the Premier League.

Downes said: "Of course, you don't expect to be 3-0 up against a Premier League team and at half-time I said you don't get medals at half-time in any game".

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"I would never refuse".

Kwesi Appiah and Scott Wagstaff gave AFC Wimbledon a two-goal lead at the break, and it was three immediately after the restart as Wagstaff added his second.

"Ask me about the game today and I will answer", he told reporters. "Football is random. There is a load of analysis we do, I included, but on any given day, any team can beat any other team and we have done it tonight".

In fact, no team has scored more 90th minute goals in the Premier League than the hosts so far this season, while only Burnley has conceded more than the five let in by Manuel Pellegrini's team. The Hammers do go a bit hot and cold away from home and they have lost their last two away fixtures by a 2-0 scoreline.

They made six changes at Shrewsbury and will recall key players such as Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and Rui Patricio. Players must play to eight out of 10 in every game.

West Ham are looking to avoid losing consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October.