West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic opens up on toll mental pressure takes on players

By Darren Lewis

as reported by mirror.co.uk.

Marko Arnautovic insists footballers are under far more pressure than many fans realise.

The Austrian frontman came under fire from Stoke fans after defecting to London last year.

He was then vilified by West Ham fans for a poor first half after the season before coming good to help save them from relegation.

He has maintained that form this season with his five Premier League goals making him joint-third in the scoring charts. But he admitted to the scrutiny taking its toll.

He said: “It’s easy, from the outside to hammer people, hammer the players and say, ‘He didn’t do this well, he didn’t do that well’.

It’s not all money, fancy cars and watches the size of your head, insists Arnautovic (Image: Reuters)

“But when you know the life of a footballer, you’ll cry, believe me! We don’t talk about money, you cry.

“Sometimes because there is so much pressure on you, you have to deal with this because a lot of players go, ‘I’m okay, no worries’ – it’s not right, “ but in the game, it’s affecting you.”

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