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Marko Arnautovic admits delight in scoring against former boss’ new side

Marko Arnautovic has admitted he enjoyed scoring against his former boss Mark Hughe’s Southampton at the weekend.

The Austrian hit a brilliant brace in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Hughe’s side on Saturday afternoon to lift the Hammers further adrift of the Premier League relegation’s zone.

And Arnautovic – who played under Hughes at Stoke – took particular delight in finding the net against his former boss’ new side, deliberately running over to celebrate in front of the Welshman following his second of the afternoon.

He explained: “I always enjoy it when I am on the pitch, but obviously we enjoyed [it more] on Saturday. Not only the players, but the fans, everyone. We did a great job and played a brilliant game. We can enjoy that now, but on Monday we will be focused on the next game at Chelsea.

“We know that our fans, when they are behind us, are amazing. They are very loud and they want us to perform. We did that on Saturday, so well done to the fans and well done to the boys.”

Arnautovic’s brace took his total for the season to 9 in all competitions, making him the club’s top scorer and favourite to win the prestigious Hammer of the Year award.

“I’m fit and I try to do my best in every season. When I score some goals, everybody says ‘is this your best year?’ I try to do my best every week and if it’s working, it’s working.” he continued.

“I have to come off the pitch every time and be able to say to myself I’ve done everything. If we win, it’s brilliant.”