West Ham United suffered a devastating 3-2 loss to Southampton, with the majority of the fixture coming after new signing Marko Arnautovic was sent off for violent conduct. The £25 million man will face a three game ban after an elbow on Saints defender Jack Stephens.
West Ham's signings:— Coral (@Coral) August 19, 2017
-Hernandez - 2 goals
-Hart - 7 goals conceded
-Arnautovic - Sent off
-Zabaleta - Gives away 92nd min penalty pic.twitter.com/ARI8gbSf11
The Austrian international has since apologised on social media, as well as to team mates and the manager. Bilic is still angry about the incident and expressed his feelings at a press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup game at League Two Cheltenham on Wednesday.
Sky Sports report that Bilic banged on the table as he said: "You can't do those kind of things."
"I am fuming, still now - you can feel. I am fuming, but it happened. But no more. Not him, not anybody else. I am confident the message got through.
"The players they know and they can't let the team down and also of course him. And whoever does those kind of things will get the fine, of course. He will get fined.
"He was angry at himself. He still is. He regrets it, so he is angry at himself. But he can't do it anymore.
"We had a chat. He said he is sorry, and he apologised, I don't know, three or four times - on social media, here, in front of the whole team, on the bus, in the dressing room, everywhere.
"I said, 'Yes, it is nice.' Of course it is nice, but you can't do that. That's it.
"How can he explain that? You can't explain that. You can't say I was late or whatever.
"He didn't want to elbow him and he didn't elbow him like this, with a swinging arm. He wanted to probably get him somewhere here, in the side, to push him a bit because he was elbowed a few minutes before.
"But his problem is their player went a bit down so he got him here, in the neck which is already nasty. It doesn't look good.
"And second, Arnautovic is big. He is big [6ft 2in]. He is not [5ft 6in team-mate Manuel Lanzini]. He is big, massive - so it gives an extra dimension to it. But we can talk about this and that but you can't do that.
"That is the point.
"So let's not talk about how it happened. It is irrelevant.
"Let's not waste time because the more you talk about how it happened the more normal it becomes, when you are analysing the things you shouldn't be analysing."
People complained about Robert Snodgrass last season, but he didn’t do anything nearly as stupid as Arnautovic has in only his second game for the Hammers. The player has a reputation for his temper and has sorely cost the rest of the team with his conduct on Saturday.
A three game ban is deserved and I hope he will use this time outside the squad to do some growing up. You can’t elbow people in the neck and not face dire repurcussions. Arnautovic needs to prove himself to the team before he earns his staring place back for the club.