West Ham's Marko Arnautovic has no sympathy for former boss Mark Hughes
Last Updated: 02/04/18 10:21am
Marko Arnautovic doesn't feel sorry for former boss Mark Hughes after scoring twice against his Southampton side on Saturday.
Arnautovic and Hughes were involved in a touchline spat in December when the former scored against his former club Stoke.
And the Austria international again appeared to aim his celebration against Hughes - who has since taken charge of Southampton - after scoring his first goal on Saturday.
"I respect Mark Hughes and what he's done for me but I heard some things when he was talking about me and they were not good things," Arnautovic told The Mirror.
"I'm only doing my job, and if I score against Mark Hughes' team, it's nothing personal. I try to score in every game and I don't feel sorry for anybody: If we win and I score that's fine, nothing else matters.
"I don't care what he says - I perform on the pitch and I try to let my feet do the talking.
"Of course I'm grateful what he did for me at Stoke when he was my coach, but if he wants to say bad things about me, that's up to him."
Arautovic's double against Saints took his season tally to nine goals and moved West Ham five points clear of the relegation zone.
The Hammers' previous home game against Burnley was marred by fan protests but there was a more positive atmosphere at the London Stadium as this time the home side came out on the right side of a 3-0 scoreline.
"I always enjoy being on the pitch and I love to win games - everyone did a good job, not only the players but the fans as well," said Arnautovic.
"We know that when our fans are behind us, they are amazing. We gave them what they wanted, so well done to the fans and well done to the boys.
"I feel sharp and I try to do my best but whenever I score goals people ask me, 'Is this your best year?' I work hard every week and when I come off the pitch after each game I like to think I've done everything possible to help my team.
"This game was very different to the last one here but it was very important to win and this time I can go back to my family, play with my kids and feel happy again. This is the most important thing."
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