Pellegrini's answer when asked if Arnautovic is leaving West Ham

Pellegrini's answer when asked if Arnautovic is leaving West Ham

The Gunners' highest-paid player has returned to full training over the last week following a knee problem, but was left out of Emery's travelling party completely as Declan Rice's first senior goal sealed a 1-0 victory for West Ham at the London Stadium.

"The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match", added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League.

The technically gifted player who be a valuable addition given Arsenal's recent wobble.

There was no place in the Arsenal squad for Mesut Ozil (Adam Davy/PA). If we can win today we are playing against Chelsea with a three-point maximum distance.

"I also think the rules should say you can not change your allegiance if you play U-21, that should be the end of it".

"We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players".

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The Hammers recently received a £35m bid from an unnamed Chinese club for Arnautovic and, despite the fact that the club have expressed their intentions to hold on to the Austrian, it appears as though he wants to leave, with his brother and agent confirming that he is keen to accept the offer from China.

Speaking to Goals on Sunday, Antonio mentioned that he was hard to put himself in Rice's shoes but having spoken to the 19-year old, he knows that he has loyalties towards Ireland.

West Ham are interested in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as a potential replacement for Marko Arnautovic.

"We will see what happens in the next few days", he told reporters, as per The Mirror. "That to me was a guy coming off and saying "thank you, I've enjoyed my time here, but I'm off".

Earlier in the season, Ozil's absence at home against West Ham was put down to illness.