Arnautović with the Austrian national team in 2012
|Full name||Marko Arnautović|
|Date of birth||19 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Winger|
|1998–2001||FK Austria Wien|
|2001–2002||First Vienna FC|
|2002–2003||FK Austria Wien|
|2003–2004||SK Rapid Wien|
|2006–2007||Jong FC Twente|
|2009–2010||→ Inter Milan (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:22, 20 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Arnautović began his career in his native Austria playing in the youth teams for a number of clubs in the Vienna area before he signed a contract with Dutch club Twente in 2006. He impressed at De Grolsch Veste and after a fine 2008–09 season he joined Italian giants Internazionale on loan. Arnautović's time at the San Siro was disrupted by injury and only managed three appearances for the Nerazzurri. He joined German side Werder Bremen in June 2010 and became a regular member of the first team as well with the Austria national team. In September 2013 Arnautović joined English Premier League side Stoke City.
Arnautović began his career with his brother Danijel at Floridsdorfer AC. In 1998 he joined FK Austria Wien but behaviour issues saw him change club regularly as in the next six years he played for First Vienna FC 1894, a second spell at FK Austria Wien, SK Rapid Wien before he returned to Floridsdorfer AC. Despite this he was scouted by Dutch club FC Twente who signed him in 2006.
Arnautović scored 22 goals in 24 games for the Under-19 FC Twente in the 2007–08 season, helping them win the youth championship. He then played for Jong FC Twente between 2006 and 2008, appearing in 32 games and scoring 27 goals. Arnautović made his professional debut for FC Twente in the 2006–07 season as a substitute for Kennedy Bakircioglü against PSV Eindhoven in April 2007. In July 2008, he extended his contract with Twente despite interest from Dutch giants Feyenoord.
He made 16 appearances in 2007–08 as Twente finished in fourth position and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. In the 2008–09 season Arnautović scored 14 goals in 41 matches as Twente finished 2nd in the Eredivisie and reached the knock phase of the UEFA Cup. In Match 2009 after a league match against Willem II, one of Twente opponents, Ibrahim Kargbo, accused Arnautović of racially abusing him. After an investigation by the Dutch Football Association they found no evidence against him and the case was dismissed.
On 4 August 2009, it was said that Arnautović was on the verge of a move to Italian giants Internazionale. The deal had been largely held up due to a stress fracture in Arnautovic's right foot, leading to a re-negotiation of the deal between the clubs. On 6 August, it was announced by Twente that the details for the loan had been finalised, Arnautović would join Inter on loan for the season. The deal was said to become permanent if he was to play a set number of matches. If the deal did not become permanent the player would return to Twente on a pre-agreed contract of two years, with an option to extend the contract for a third year. He made his unofficial debut for Inter Milan in a friendly game on 5 September 2009 against Swiss team, Lugano, the final score was 3–3.
He made his league debut in a 1–0 away victory against Chievo on 6 January 2010. He played in their next match against Siena coming on as a substitute at half time for the injured Dejan Stanković and helped Inter to win the match 4–3. He played one more match for Inter against Atalanta on 24 April 2010. At the end of the season Inter decided against turning his loan in a permanent move and José Mourinho stated that Arnautovic "is a fantastic person but has the attitude of a child".
On 4 June 2010, German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen confirmed that they had signed Arnautović from Twente on a four-year deal. Before he had played a match for Bremen he irked their captain Torsten Frings who branded him as "arrogant". He made his Bundesliga debut on 21 August 2010 in a 4–1 defeat against Hoffenheim. Arnautović scored twice against 1. FC Köln on 28 August 2010, his first goals for Bremen. He ended the 2010–11 season at the Weserstadion with five goals in 34 appearances as Bremen finished in 13th position and he also played in the Champions League. In 2011–12 he scored six goals in 20 appearances as Bremen finished in ninth position. In March 2012, he was ruled out for two months with a knee ligament injury he suffered whilst playing with his dog.
In 2012–13, Arnautović played in 27 matches and scored five goals which included a hat-trick on 2 December 2012 away at Hoffenheim, including an impressive free kick, as Bremen won 4–1. In April 2013, Arnautović and his Bremen team-mate Eljero Elia were caught speeding and were both suspended by the club.
On 2 September 2013, Arnautović joined Premier League side Stoke City on a four-year contract for a fee of £2 million. He was assigned the number 10 shirt by manager Mark Hughes who also described his signing as a coup—"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. Technically he's excellent and I'm really looking forward to working with him. I think it's quite a coup to get him here. It made sense to us and made sense to him that this is the right club for him. He's got a real desire to make an impression." Arnautović made his Stoke debut on 14 September 2013 in a 0–0 draw against Manchester City. After spending a month at the club, manager Mark Hughes stated that Arnautović had adapted well to English football after being give a free-role in the side. On 26 October 2013, he scored his first goal for Stoke, a 25-yard free-kick in a 3–2 defeat against Manchester United. He scored Stoke's second goal in a 3–1 win against West Ham United on 15 March 2014.Arnautović also scored against Cardiff City and Fulham as he ended his first season in England with five goals in 35 appearances as the team finished in ninth position in the Premier League.
Arnautović played with the Austrian U19s in the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship where he was sent-off in their second match and failed to make it out of the group stage. After scoring three goals in five matches for the Austria U21s, Arnautović earned praise from manager Andreas Herzog who described him the best Austrian footballer of 30 years.
Arnautović played his first match for the Austria national senior team on 11 October 2008 against the Faroe Islands. He scored his first goals for Austria in a 3–0 win over Azerbaijan on 8 October 2010.
Arnautović is married to his wife, Sarah, and together they have a daughter, Emilia. During his time spent in Italy and Germany, Arnautović developed a bad reputation with the media and is viewed by them as "the bad boy of Austrian football". Speaking on the matter in October 2013, he admitted he is no angel but insists the birth of his daughter has made him grow up.
|Internazionale (loan)||2009–10||Serie A||3||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Stoke City||2013–14||Premier League||30||4||2||0||3||1||—||—||35||5|
- As of match played 3 June 2014
- Stoke City Young Player of the Year: 2014
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