Marko Arnautovic admits he 'underestimated' the Chinese Super League

‘I didn’t train, I didn’t look after my body, I was drinking Sprite, Coke, Fanta and barely slept’: Former West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic admits he let his standards slip and ‘underestimated’ the Chinese Super League following £23m move to Shanghai SIPG last year

  • Marko Arnautovic has admitted he underestimated the Chinese Super League 
  • Arnautovic says that he didn’t train properly and also didn’t look after his body 
  • Former West Ham forward stressed that he is now taking matters more seriously  

Marko Arnautovic has admitted that he underestimated the Chinese Super League after joining Shanghai SIPG.

After spells in England with Stoke and West Ham, Arnautovic made the move to Shanghai for £23million in July 2019.

However, the Austria forward stated that he didn’t treat the league with sufficient respect.

Former West Ham striker has admitted that he underestimated the Chinese Super League

Arnautovic didn’t train properly and admitted to drinking fizzy drinks and going to sleep late

Arnautovic stated that he was rather unprofessional in his approach as he didn’t train properly and didn’t look after his body, drinking fizzy drinks and going to sleep at abnormal times. 

As reported by Beanyman Sports, Arnautovic said: ‘I underestimated it. I didn’t train. I didn’t look after my body. I was eating. I was drinking fizzy drinks – Sprite, Coca Cola, Fanta – all these sugar drinks that are not good for the body. 

‘Eating at wrong times. Not sleeping, because when I came to China it took me about three weeks until I could adapt to the time. I went to bed at 6, 7 o’clock in the morning. I woke up 3, 4 o’clock in the afternoon, went to training, stayed up again all night, eating at wrong times.’

Arnautovic says it is important for him to perform and match Shanghai SIPG’s expectations

The 31-year-old subsequently took matters much more seriously and outlined that he has to perform well to match the club’s expectations of him. 

He said: ‘This is exactly what I said before. Now I just put in my mind the club wanted me to come, to do well, to play for the title, and I changed because I need to do better and I need to be better. Otherwise you can’t play here.’

Arnautovic has 14 goals in 23 appearances for Shanghai SIPG so far. His contract with the club is set to run until December 2022. 

While at West Ham Arnautovic scored 22 goals in 65 games and was named Hammer of the Year for the 2017-18 campaign. 

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