The 59-year-old, who scored 60 goals in 190 games across two spells for the Hammers, shared that ideally, he would love to see Arnautovic left to rot in the club’s reserves after kicking up a fuss about wanting to leave once again.
“The first time he wanted to go I would of wanted him out the door cause as ex-players you always hear stories and it’s not good for the dressing room,” said McAvennie on Love Sport Radio.
“And this coming up the second time, then the boys are just fed up with him I imagine, the quicker he goes the better.
“I would love West Ham to put him in the reserves and just let him stew for the attitude he has brought to the club but it isn’t going to happen.
“And Mr.Sullivan and Mr.Gold will be looking to bring some money in for him, I think in the next week or so they’ll be trying to offload him.”
Arnautvoic was believed to have handed in a transfer request in January as he tried to force a move through to China, as stated by the Daily Express, and Sky Sports claimed on Tuesday that the 30-year-old forward had once again requested to leave.
Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole has since revealed, via his personal Twitter account, that Arnautovic is likely to see his request approved as he stated that the Hammers are likely to accept a take it or leave it offer from a Chinese club in order to get rid of him.
West Ham have received a take it or leave it offer from China of £22m for Marko Arnautovic. Bad deal but I’m told they are likely to accept it to get the Austrian out of the club. #WHUFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) July 4, 2019
This means that McAvennie isn’t likely to get his wish of seeing Arnautovic stew at the club in the reserves, as it looks like his exit is imminent.
Arnautovic should be thankful as rotting away in the reserves could have seriously damaged his career.
The 30-year-old may have finished the Hammers’ top-scorer in his 2018/19 campaign with 11 goals in 30 outings, averaging a very respectable goal every 184 minutes (Source: BBC), but he is no spring chicken.
Time spent rotting away in the reserves wouldn’t have seen suitors come flocking, as it would have been a red flag for any club keen on him, and the longer he stayed there; his chances of getting a lucrative move would have slipped away.
This is especially the case when you consider that some clubs may have been put off by Arnautvoic’s dip in form last season after his issues in January, as it caused him to end the season with only an averaged rating of 6.84 across his league outings (Source:WhoScored).