Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Stoke City

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

1860 Munich 2 - 0 Stoke City

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Arnautovic enjoying free role

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is grateful to Mark Hughes for giving him a chance to shine in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 09/10/13 at 12:29 Post Comment

Marko Arnautovic: Enjoying free role at Stoke

Marko Arnautovic: Enjoying free role at Stoke

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Austrian, who is preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday, joined Stoke on a four-year contract on deadline day after finding his options were limited at former club Werder Bremen.

He is now enjoying his free role at the Britannia Stadium, despite Stoke being level on points with 18th-placed Norwich.

"The situation there is, of course, different from Werder Bremen where I did not get my chance," he told The Sentinel.

"At Stoke I have been given the appropriate trust. The performance is right, except that we have too little points lately.

"The feedback I get is quite good. The coach gives me the role of a free spirit. If it goes on the offensive, I can move freely."

Arnautovic's Austrian side are just three points shy of second-placed Sweden in Group C and he believes his team has a great opportunity to secure a play-off spot for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

He added: "I do not know when the last time we had such a good chance to ever come into the play-offs or near a World Cup.

"Therefore, it is of course the biggest game of my national team history."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property