Arnautovic In Team Of Easter (19/4/17)
Stoke City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Marko Arnautovic in the three one victory over Hull City at the weekend at the Bet365 Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Arnautovic as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'From the moment Arnautovic hit the underside of the bar with a thunderous shot I knew he was in the mood to wreak havoc against Hull City. And so he did in a 3-1 win. Arnautovic could have had a hat-trick but that did not matter because it was good to see one of the most gifted players in the league actually fancying it. He seemed to be involved in everything Stoke did and when Xherdan Shaqiri is also on fire, watching the Potters is an absolute delight. The ball from Arnautovic to Jonathan Walters, who eventually provided the cross for Peter Crouch to score, was simply wonderful. I've seen lots of gifted players in the candy-red-and-white-striped shirt of Stoke over the years and Arnautovic must rank among the best of them. But sadly we just don't see enough of what he has to offer.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Arnautovic for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)