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Marko Arnautovic proves he’s the perfect fit for West Ham with red card for vicious elbow

The Hammers' new boy was dismissed for a blatant elbow on Jack Stephens

It’s important that new signings do their best to join in with club traditions.

Which is probably why Marko Arnautovic decided to get himself sent off for violent conduct in just his second game for West Ham.

Now he’s a proper West Ham player

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Now he’s a proper West Ham player

The Hammers were lucky not to have Mark Noble sent off for a dangerous tackle at St Mary’s before the former Stoke player caught Jack Stephens with a late elbow.

The Southampton centre-back calmly played a pass out from the back only to be floored by a deliberate elbow from the reckless Arnautovic.

Stephens offloaded in plenty of time

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Stephens offloaded in plenty of time

Arnautovic led with his elbow awkwardly

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Arnautovic led with his elbow awkwardly

And made contact with Stephens’ chin and neck

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And made contact with Stephens’ chin and neck

Utter madness.

A West Ham player seeing red is a common sight for Premier League viewers.

Since Slaven Bilic took over, no team has had more players sent off than the Irons.

The visitors’ discipline contributed to a poor first half which saw them go 2-0 down thanks Manolo Gabbiadini’s neat finish and a penalty from Dusan Tadic.

Chicharito softened the blow with his first West Ham goal

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Chicharito softened the blow with his first West Ham goal

Javier Hernandez then exhibited his predatory instincts, tapping home a rebound to give West Ham a vague hope of coming away with something.

Something which would be a lot easier with eleven men on the pitch…

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