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Marko Arnautovic | Forward | #10

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 183

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Stoke City will have some key attacking players back as Marko Arnautovic returns from suspension while Xherdan Shaqiri returns from injury as the Potters welcome Bournemouth to the Britannia on Saturday.
Stoke City were without their attacking width before the international break with Arnautovic suspended and Shaqiri injured (again) but that looks to change as Mark Hughes' side returns to action. The returns are even more important because the match appears to be very much winnable for the Potters with Bournemouth having laid an egg going into the break. Nov 18 - 4:48 PM

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Stoke City will be without one of its stars in Marko Arnautovic after the winger picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

However, the ban seems to have infuriated manager Mark Hughes, who thought Arnautovic made a clean tackle that should not have been called for a foul while also claiming that referee Michael Oliver admitted to his mistake: "It's unfortunate the rules don't allow you to question it when the referee acknowledges he's made a mistake. It was a fair tackle. I think the guys have spoken to Michael Oliver and I think he acknowledges that maybe he's made a mistake." Because of the ban, the Austrian will now miss the club's trip to West Ham this weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 2 - 8:07 AM

Marko Arnautovic scored a brace and Joe Allen answered with a goal of his own as Wales and Austria played to a 2-2 draw in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

It was Joe Allen, in the scoring form of his career since the Euros this past summer, who opened the scoring with a 22nd minute goal. Club teammate Arnautovic pegged Allen's goal back with a 28th minute goal that will hopefully help him get on back after a rotten start to the season at the Britannia. Spurs' Kevin Wimmer put Wales back on top by a goal in first half stoppage time. It was again Arnautovic to the rescue early in the second half as his second goal yielded the final 2-2 scoreline. Mark Hughes and fantasy managers everywhere will hope this is the spark Arnautovic needed to return to his strong form of last season.
Oct 7 - 10:38 AM

Mark Hughes' side crashed out of the EFL Cup losing a 2-1 decision to visiting Hull City with a stoppage time goal deciding it.

The Potters remain winless on the season in the Premier League and the loss to a newly promoted club in the EFL Cup came despite Hughes fielding an almost full strength starting eleven. Of the starters, only Lee Grant and Ramadan Sohbi were not regulars in the league. Slumping Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in the 24th minute but saw his goal canceled out at the end of the first half by Ryan Mason. It looked like it might go to extra time before Markus Henriksen scored in the first minute of stoppage time for the winner.
Sep 22 - 8:56 AM

Amid rumors of a transfer, Marko Arnautovic has tied himself to Stoke City for another four years after signing on renewed terms at the Britannia.

Stoke City continue to remake their image but Marko Arnautovic perhaps best represents the transition from the old (Pulis) Stoke to the new (Hughes) Stoke. Arnautovic blends physicality and a take-no-prisoners style with enough class to lead the Potters in goals from a wide attacking position. His loss would have been a significant blow as Mark Hughes continues to try to assemble the sort of squad that can regularly finish in the top half and entertain supporters at the same time.
Source: @StokeCity
Jul 27 - 11:00 AM

In a wild Group F, Austria fail to make it to the Round of 16 as upstart Iceland handed them a 2-1 loss.

Austria could not find a stroke of luck in their group, and it began seconds into their first match against Hungary when David Alaba struck one off the post in the opening minute. They failed to score for the first 240 minutes of this tournament and another bitter missed chance by Marko Arnautovic in the 11th minute summed up their misery. He stole the ball off an Icelandic defender in the opponent's box, but could not keep his balance enough to fire into a wide open goal. Iceland scored the opener and Austria finally broke their duck on the hour mark when Alaba passed to substitute Alessandro Schopf who split the defense and leveled the score. Austria needed to find a winner though but could not, as Iceland made it 2-1 in the final seconds to spoil Austria's hopes, a country many thought could make a deep run in this tournament.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 22 - 2:02 PM

Mark Hughes is sweating on the fitness of Marko Arnautovic ahead of next weekends’ trip to Selhurst Park.

Arnautovic was a concern heading into Saturdays’ game against Sunderland, but the big Austrian passed a late test although he wasn’t able to complete 90 minutes. "I thought he was excellent today," said Hughes who was speaking post-match about the players performance and well-taken goal. However, the Potters boss revealed: "He’s got a problem with his thigh," that's the reason he couldn’t continue. "When he starts to tire, it starts to restrict him." Hughes remains "hopeful" that Arnautovic will be OK for game against Crystal Palace. If not, one potential replacement is Jon Walters who returned following minor knee surgery. The Republic of Ireland international played more than half an hour on his comeback having missed the last four games.
May 2 - 10:06 AM

Marko Arnautovic led the way once again for Stoke City, but it was not enough for the Potters to move past Sunderland.

The Austrian international was a major doubt coming into Saturday's match due to a knock picked up during the week, but started opposite Xherdan Shaqiri, who also returned from injury this week. Arnautovic capitalized on his chance in the 50th minute after a scoreless first half thanks in part to Peter Crouch. The forward towered over Younes Kaboul, while also possibly fouling him with a push in the back, to head the ball down for Arnautovic, who hit the pass by a diving Vito Mannone. But just six minutes later, the winger had to be taken off with an upper-leg injury, being replaced by Jon Walters following his one-month absence due to knee surgery.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:22 PM

Marko Arnautovic faces a late fitness test ahead of Stoke City's Week 36 match with Sunderland at the Britannia.

With Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri both questionable the Stoke City attack could look anywhere from formidable to pretty weak. The Potters don't have a great deal of depth in the wide areas of attack that Arnautovic and Shaqiri usually take up. Ibrahim Affelay is one option but there isn't really a strong alternative for the second spot if both fail to pass their fitness tests. This could be a huge opportunity for the Black Cats if Stoke City are depleted going forward and weak at the back (see 12 goals allowed in the past three matches).
Apr 29 - 12:57 PM

Stoke City are spiraling downward at the moment as they conceded four goals for their third straight match and suffered injuries in the process in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City.

There was a dark cloud hanging over the Potters before the game even kicked off as it was revealed Ibrahim Afellay suffered a serious injury in training. It only got worse from there. Marko Arnautovic was the only bright spot in their attack, creating opportunities but his teammates let him down when it came to finishing. Arnautovic would then leave with a quarter hour left to play with a groin injury. Earlier, Shay Given had to be removed to begin the second half with a groin injury of his own. Meanwhile, the defense, which showed composure during the first half of this season, were dreadful once again, with a foul by Ryan Shawcross that gifted Manchester City a penalty summing up their performance. It wasn't long ago that Stoke had a shot at a Europa League spot but their season is wrapping up in miserable fashion.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 9:55 AM

Marko Arnautovic missed the 4-1 loss to Liverpool last weekend but is hopeful that he will be available as the Potters host Spurs on Monday.

Stoke City struggled mightily last weekend against a Liverpool team that seems to be finding it's attacking footing with Divock Origi emerging and Daniel Sturridge available again. The task doesn't get any easier for Mark Hughes' side with second place Spurs coming to town. With the defense still weakened, the Potters will have to hope that Arnautovic returns because they will need to be at full strength going forward to keep up with the Spurs attack.
Apr 15 - 11:20 AM

Marko Arnautovic twisted a knee in training this week and is rated as a doubt for the Potters' trip to Anfield.

Marko Arnautovic has had a breakout season for Stoke City and the prospect of he and Xherdan Shaqiri, back from a thigh injury, both being available for Week 33 had to be an attractive one for Mark Hughes. It appears unlikely that will come to fruition, however, as Arnautovic picked up a knock in training this week and looks to be heading out of the line-up as Shaqiri returns. For draft/auction league owners with Arnautovic, make sure you have an alternative on the bench and you're ready to make the switch if he misses out as seems likely.
Apr 8 - 10:40 AM

Marko Arnautovic scored from an Ibrihim Afellay cross to bring the Potters back to within a goal in the second half but neither he nor his teammates could find the equalizer as they lost 2-1 at home.

The meeting of two teams who have been up and down all season was bound to feature some surprises. The first was forgotten man Graziano Pelle reasserting himself with two first half goals. After Marko Arnautovic pulled one back the Potters continued to put on the pressure in search of an equalizer but it failed to materialize. Stoke City have been a strong home team this season but they couldn't keep it going against Ronald Koeman's resurgent Saints.
Mar 12 - 12:12 PM

Marko Arnautovic scored two goals to lead Stoke City to its second consecutive Premier League victory in a 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

Arnautovic missed the club's last match but returned with a vengeance, ending a five-match Premier League scoring drought (his longest of the season). After a goalless first half, Arnautovic was the beneficiary of a penalty opportunity after Phil Bardsley, who returned from injury to start for Glen Johnson, was taken down inside the box in the 51st minute. Five minutes after taking the lead, Arnautovic notched his second after heading a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri straight up into the air before heading the ball a second time into the back of the net as Mark Bunn was stuck in goal. Along with moving into eighth, just three points behind a Europa League place, Stoke also saw the return of Geoff Cameron to the starting lineup following a month-long ankle injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 12:22 PM

Marko Arnautovic and his hamstring are racing against the clock in an effort to recover in time to feature against Leicester City on Saturday.

The Stoke City forward played against Arsenal last weekend but picked up a hamstring strain. He hasn't been ruled out but Mark Hughes is reportedly "monitoring the situation" which sounds like it could go either way. Arnautovic has returned to earth after a strong stretch of matches and the combination of his potential injury-enforced absence and the quality of the opponent this week means he's probably not someone you want to feature in Week 23 unless you're in a very deep single-ownership format.
Jan 22 - 1:38 PM