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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 has turned its fortunes around in the new year and now finds itself riding a two-match winning streak.
The Potters entered 2017 in the midst of a four-match Premier League winless streak, only to win their first two league games of the season. Mark Hughes' side closed out Saturday's 3-1 away win at Sunderland in the first 34 minutes, scoring all three goals with 10 minutes left in the first half that saw Sunderland fans exiting the Stadium of Light before half-time. Stoke fans will certainly be thrilled to see Marko Arnautovic firing away. The Austrian attacker has struggled to find his rhythm this season with only a single goal to his name entering Saturday after recording 11 goals and six assists last season. But that all changed with two goals in the first 22 minutes, connecting with Peter Crouch on the second. It was Crouch who then put the match away in the 34th minute as the veteran has now scored in each of the last three league matches. Jan 14 - 12:36 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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After a reckless tackle saw him sent off in mid-week, Marko Arnautovic starts his three match ban this weekend against Leicester City.

Suspensions aside, this season has represented a major step back for Arnautovic. The Potters' most dangerous attacking threat last season, his effectiveness has taken a major nose dive. Throwing in a second suspension-driven absence, one wonders if this is just going to be a lost season.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Marko Arnautovic was sent off but Stoke still held on for over an hour of play to get a draw on Wednesday.

The Saints had a game that typifies their season, dominating possession but failing to actually find a winner. They had 71% possession, getting 15 shots but only 4 were on target. Rodriguez came on as a sub to have the best opportunity of the game but he failed to latch on to Boufal's cross. Ward Prowse also had a late chance, but his attempt was blocked away. Mark Hughes will be happy going home after his 400th game in Premier League management.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Marko Aruautovic came out of the 2-0 win over the Clarets last weekend with a minor knock. He will overcome that knock and be available to start against Arsenal on Saturday.

Stoke City have come on in recent weeks as their squad has returned to something at least resembling full fitness. Integral to that is the opportunity to have Joe Allen, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri all available at the same time along with first choices at right and left back. All of the above should be available for the match against Arsenal with Joe Allen boasting a crucial goal against the Gunners last season while in a Liverpool uniform. Expect the Potters to be tougher competition than their early season efforts might lead you to believe.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:35:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:48:00 PM

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
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 08:07:00 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.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 10:38:00 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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 08:56:00 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
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 11:00:00 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
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 02:02:00 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.
Mon, May 2, 2016 10:06:00 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
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 12:22:00 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).
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 12:57:00 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
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 09:55:00 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.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 11:20:00 AM