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Arnautovic was in scintillating form for the Irons

West Ham United put off-field issues behind them to claim an emphatic 3-0 win over fellow relegation strugglers Southampton.

Cheickhou Kouyate and Edmilson Fernandes started superbly in midfield for the home side, and it was Kouyate who set up Joao Mario to smash home the opener on the edge of the box.

Marko Arnautovic missed a gilt-edged chance shortly after to do little to calm the nerves, but pounced on the rebound of his own header to slam home from close-range and double the hosts’ lead.

The Saints were struggling to deal with the pressing by the Hammers, and conceded a third before half time when Arthur Masuaku (in his first appearance since his spitting shame) produced a glorious cross for Arnautovic to slam home and effectively secure all three points.

Mark Hughes cut a despondent figure in the grossly over-sized technical area, and his side remain in the bottom three.

There’s brief reprieve for David Moyes’ men however, who pushed themselves briefly away from danger and into the lofty heights of 14th place.

STAR MAN – Marko Arnautovic

The Austrian is the talisman who will be the most likely to save the Hammers this season. Re-invigorated under David Moyes, his aggressive celebration after scoring his first was his way of sticking it to Mark Hughes after his ugly spat with his former Stoke boss. His technical ability, matched with his incredible physical presence makes him almost unplayable at times – unfortunately for Southampton, today was such a day.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The third goal for the Hammers is an example of what confidence can do for a team. After all the troubles at the previous home game, West Ham began to move the ball quicker, press higher and Arnautovic’s second gaol was a joy to behold. Arthur Masuaku showed exactly why his red card at Wigan was so costly when he crossed superbly into the path of the Austrian, who watched the flight of the ball to expertly slam home a side footed finish.

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