Date: 12th May 2019 at 7:30pm
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OPINION

Manuel Pellegrini must look to try and keep Marko Arnautovic on the books at West Ham for next season after the Austrian put in another top performance against Watford. 

The 30-year old has been the Hammers top scorer this season in the Premier League, and added to his tally in the final game of the season, as West Ham impressively defeated Watford 4-1 away from home.

Although it was reported by The Guardian that the striker could be making a move away from the London Stadium earlier in the year if Pellegrini approved his sale but the manager should definitely be aiming to keep him in a claret and blue shirt for as long as possible.

Arnautovic scored the third goal for the Hammers in their tie against Watford, and has finished the season on a total of eleven goals, which is the more than any other player this season is a West Ham shirt.

He has been a key figure this season for West Ham, and the Hammers’ faithful will surely be hoping that the forward will be doing the same next season, scoring important goals for the London club when called upon.

Although Arnautovic’s wages are fairly steep, especially for side sitting mid-table in the Premier League, West Ham should keep on paying his £100,000-per-week wages (Source: Spotrac) if they want to keep on progressing as a club next season, as he is one of the names they will need to keep.

The Austrian showed again on Sunday why he is so highly rated by Hammers fans and should be viewed as a keeper as he wowed against the Hornets, and added to his tally for the season.

Pellegrini will no doubt have his guard up regarding potential offers coming in for the striker in the summer transfer window, and must do all he can to keep him at the London Stadium.