Marko Arnautovic: what were you thinking about? Not the best impression to make at your new club. You cost the Hammers dear.
An elbow in the neck/face of Jack Stephens was petulance in the extreme. All because you had been nobbled earlier. Grow up, man.
Having gone a man down and two goals in arrears, West Ham showed great character to come back thanks to two goals from super poacher Javier Hernandez.
Only for the experienced Pablo Zabaleta to concede a needless penalty which Charlie Austin Ccolly converted.
Zabaleta looked horror-struck when the spot kick decision was given – but he should know better. He’s been around long enough.
West Ham did brilliantly to come back from two goals down before Arnautovic’s moment of madness .
A red card and now he’s going to be missing for three games. Idiot!
As Jemaine Jenas pointed out on Match of the Day, West Ham were ‘architects of their own downfall’.
Mark Noble could and should have joined Arnautovic in the red club for a reckless, over-the-top challenge. He too needs to learn a lesson.
The Hammers skipper was lucky to stay on the field. Players have been sent off for a lot worse.
Shame for Hernandez who played his heart out and showed why he is the archetypal fox in the box. He doesn’t score goals from distance.
As for new boy Arnautovic, he was full of remorse for his actions and posted this on social media after the 3-2 defeat against the Saints…
“I want to apologise to all of the West Ham fans. Just want to let you know that I didn’t want to let me team down and you fans. A big apology to you all.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic also spoke about Arnautovic’s sending off and quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40908330 – said: “It is a big blow because you have to play with ten men for a big part of the game.
“We have spoken about everything and that will stay inside the dressing room.”