Position: Right Wing
Joined: 2nd September 2013
Fee: £2 million
Total Stoke City Appearances: 70 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 7 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: Floridsdorfer AC, FK Austria Wien, First Vienna FC, FK Austria Wien, SK Rapid Wien, Floridsdorfer AC, Jong FC Twente, Twente, Inter Milan (loan), Werder Bremen, Stoke City
Marko Arnautovic joined from Werder Bremen in 2013 with few knowing much about him.
Hughes gave his opinion on the Austrian saying: “People will very quickly see what an outstanding talent he is. In terms of his power and his pace, which is something I think we need in the squad, he ticks all the boxes.”
He scored his first goal at Old Trafford with a free-kick from 20 yards but it was in vain in a 3-2 Stoke defeat.
The Austria international grew into his wide role and with the addition of Peter Odemwingie Stoke had a lethal trio of attacking options on the counter attack, which bared fruit against West Ham in a 3-1 win.
In terms of goals and assists, Arnautovic seems to rarely provide directly, despite the fact he is heavily invovled in most attacks. Against Man City, he delivered a perfect ball for Peter Crouch to equalise against Man City before the Citizens ran riot in the second half and scored a late equaliser against West Ham United (two other goals of his that game, ruled out!).