West Ham crush Stoke with Arnautovic on target

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The visiting captain was forced off with an injury after the half-hour mark, replaced by Declan Rice, but West Ham kept Stoke at arm's length and Arnautovic ought to have silenced the jeers rolling down from the stands on his return to the Potteries, but he was spurned one-on-one by Butland, who also kept out Lanzini's fizzing long-range effort. Mame Diouf and Xherdan Shaqiri have combined to score eight of Stoke's 19 goals.

David Moyes' revival of West Ham rolled on courtesy of a 3-0 win at Stoke City, with Mark Hughes running out of time in his attempts to break the torpor at the bet365 Stadium.

The Potters' were made to pay for missed opportunities in the 75th minute as West Ham made it 2-0, with Arnautovic finally converting a chance. Otherwise it was the same Stoke side that lost 1-0 to Burnley in midweek.

Hernandez, therefore, could have a wait until he gets his chance to start again at West Ham and that could be bad news for Moyes.

The 28-year-old then impressed up front alongside Michail Antonio with a man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday.

Stoke enter their Saturday match against West Ham, two points ahead of the Hammers.

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Arnautovic was jeered throughout the game after forcing a summer move to the Hammers, which moved above the Potters in the table with this win.

West Ham then nearly doubled their lead in the 39th minute after Marko Arnautovic broke through on goal on the right side of the field.

Unlike some players, Arnautovic celebrated when he scored and did not show any "respect" to his former club.

Once proceedings got under way, David Moyes' West Ham were sent on their way by a controversially-awarded Mark Noble penalty, which could result in retrospective punishment for Manuel Lanzini after he appeared to dive, and Hughes' mood was darkened further by goals from Arnautovic and substitute Diafra Sakho.

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