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Former Hammers backs star to become the ‘new Di Canio’

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Former West Ham and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he believes summer signing Marko Arnautovic can go on to become a cult hero in East London, much like Italian Paolo Di Canio.

Arnautovic – who joined from Stoke City as a club record signing during the summer – has put in a string of impressive performances in recent weeks after what was a tough start to life in East London.

The Austrian scored the winner against Chelsea at the weekend, and put in a Man of the Match performance last night in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

After his recent upturn in form, Ferdinand believes if the former Stoke man keeps it up, he can make a name for himself at the London Stadium.

He said, as quoted by ​HITC: “West Ham always seem to find a maverick. Di Canio, Payet…. this man can really step into that role. I’m not saying he’ll be as good as those two, if he does that’ll be fantastic, but I think he wants to be the go-to guy and he’ll thrive off the responsibility.”

Arnautovic travels to his former side Stoke City this weekend as the Hammers look to avoid defeat for the third consecutive game.

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