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Potters chief in fury over antics of Arnautovic on return to Stoke

Stoke City 0 West Ham United 3

By Liam Blackburn

Mark Hughes has criticised former Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic for his antics at the bet365 Stadium.

Potters boss Hughes was unhappy about the Irons salute West Ham forward Arnautovic gave to Stoke supporters in response to the taunts he received on Saturday at a venue he called home for four seasons.

Hughes shouted at Arnautovic as he was substituted shortly after scoring in a 3-0 win and the Welshman later spoke out about the 28-year-old, who lodged a transfer request over the summer to force through a £25m move to the Hammers.

"There was a little bit of baiting obviously, but did he not expect that?" Hughes said.

"I had better be careful because it sounds like sour grapes (but) I think he should have risen above any criticism or abuse that he had."

Though he has gone from hero to zero with those of a Potters persuasion, he is quickly endearing himself to both Hammers fans and boss David Moyes, who can see comparisons between Arnautovic and a former West Ham fan favourite Paolo Di Canio.

"I think he is that type of player," Moyes said.

"He is in form, and he is getting goals and showing the ability he has. And the fans love that type of character."

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