But when England come knocking, it is hard to ignore.
The Hammers beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a Declan Rice goal and Arnautovic, who was subbed off in the second half, first clapped and then waved goodbye to the fans in what looked like a message of thanks to the supporters.
"I need to have that discipline to play in that holding midfield role and I think that's what the lads and the manager have been impressed by, because I'm so young, and I'm handling it so well", said Rice, speaking in an interview with Sky Sports. He's built, he's strong, he's got long legs, he just gets in there.
Arsenal old boy Samir Nasri made his first Premier League start for West Ham against his former club and nearly produced an assist in the first half when he showed great composure to hold the ball up and lay the it off to Felipe Anderson on the edge of the box. If an opposition full-back goes up, he's able to go out wide to deal with it. "He breaks things up, gets the team ticking over, keeps it moving and every now and then he can pop up every now and again with a goal".
An worldwide tug of war between the Republic of Ireland and Three Lions has rumbled on for some time , while Rice's club future was also called into question prior to penning a new long-term contract in December.
He has played three times for Ireland but only in friendlies, meaning he could still be called up for England - and he has been omitted from the Republic's squads since last August as he deliberates his future.
Emery lamented, "I think the result is a bad one".
"But it doesn't matter who he picks, he's going to be playing for either team, in the position that he is".
"I hope he will take the best decision for everyone".