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Marko Arnautovic Effectively Ends Werder Bremen Career

Keep Your Feet On The Ground!

Marko Arnautovic is amongst the most promising strikers in the game. At FC Twente, he began to show his promise. The young striker bagged twelve goals in 28 league appearances in the 2008-2009 season for the Eredivisie side, and also added five league assists. Many of Europe’s biggest clubs took a keen interest in the Austrian striker, but in the end it was Italian champions Inter who secured his services on a loan deal with the option to buy.

After failing to make an impact with the Italian champions after being frozen out of the side by then-manager Jose Mourinho, he was sold to Werder Bremen and was promised a first-team place. After a strong start, Arnautovic has become the subject of much drama and controversy. His constant run-ins with the Werder Bremen management and board have made him an unpopular figure at the club, but his latest transgression is likely the one that will end his time in Germany.

After Werder Bremen’s 6-0 loss on the weekend at the hands of a resurgent Stuttgart side, Arnautovic called Werder Bremen ‘a dump’ in front of cameras, and stormed off the pitch. I don’t care how good he may or may not be; that kind of attitude can’t be accepted at the professional level. He’s certainly got it in his head that he’s amongst the best in the world at the moment, but he certainly hasn’t shown it on the football pitch.

So many of the game’s promising young players go down this road. Mario Baloteli and Robinho are two examples I can think of off the top of my head. Joey Barton is another. The fame and the money at such an early age can be a big problem for some of these players, who go from having relatively nothing to have too much for their own good. And, as is most usually the case, the people they surround themselves with are never looking out for their best interests. It’s a sad end to what looked like a promising beginning for a player I’ve admired over the years.

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  1. David H

    November 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Nah, easier to crucify him instead. This is Bild’s world, we just live in it.

    Sort of on/off topic, and I’m not judging, just saying — when I’ve visited Germany, I’ve always been surprised by how many, you know, educated, level-headed, grown-up people actually read Bild. Not to knock anyone who does, it can be entertaining, but when people take its sensationalist stories, like with Arnautovic, seriously, it can cause real problems.

    Granted, football is hardly consequential in the grand scheme of things, but this is hardly the only example. Of course, all countries have similar types of newspapers, but Bild seems to have their particular market all to themselves, whereas there’s a real race to the bottom amongst similar papers elsewhere.

  2. Diriye

    November 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    If you look at the tattoo on his hand you would notice there is an Arabic script which defeats the idea of Austrian “xxxx”. He comes across as someone who wants to impress others as a tough and rebelious character. I would say Bremen should loan to a second division team. He is setting a bad example for young guys like Marin. Against FC Nürnberg Marin and Schaaf were at it while Arnautovic and Klaus Alofs were sorting their issue at the dug out. lol

    • nudge

      November 13, 2010 at 5:26 am

      Second division team? He’s way too good for that.
      I think many people forget that Arnautovic joined Werder about 3 months ago, and that he’s only 21 – give him a break, ffs.

  3. Ossington Mental Youth

    November 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    HAHAHA Whaaaaaa?!?

  4. David H

    November 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Ossington Mental Youth, nudge…

    You guys are evil! 😛

  5. Ralf Kasimir

    November 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Arnautovic is a little bit crazy but all these things were meant in a funny way. There are no real problems with him – besides that he has not played well for a while.

  6. nudge

    November 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

    The whole incident is exaggerated by the media, especially Bild, who even fail to make a proper research and claim that Arnautovic “cursed in Kroatian”, when in fact he has Serbian roots (I’m talking about the previous “incident”).
    As for this one, the full story is that when Werder squad came to the training Monday morning, the door was still locked – Arnautovic’s “saftladen” remark was meant jokingly, and other players laughed too (e.g. Mertesacker). Yet this is the context that does not benefit the sensation-seeking journalists, so they choose to ignore it. Thankfully, it was reported properly in some other papers.

    Arnautovic has to improve his attitude though, there’s no doubts about it. But the way how media doesn’t give him a break ever since he came to Bremen is pathetic.

  7. David H

    November 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Looks like we have an Austrian Antonio Cassano.

    On the other hand, a friend of mine — Hamburg native & HSV fanatic — reliably informs me that Bremen is indeed a dump, and furthermore the people there all smell like fish.

    By the way, does that photo capture Marko A. waving at someone, or is he instead doing something rather more sinister?

    • Edwin

      November 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

      sinister – he’s a messed up austrian.

    • Ossington Mental Youth

      November 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

      We’d like to believe you David but noone in Hamburg has friends, especially anyone that supports Scheisse HSV

      • nudge

        November 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

        😀 too bad it’s impossible to give rep points on here.

      • Ossington Mental Youth

        November 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

        PS David, watch your silverware (and children) when your ‘friend’ is in the house

        Grün-Weiße Liebe!!!!!!!!!

        • Ossington Mental Youth

          November 12, 2010 at 10:12 am


    • Dylan Thomas

      November 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      haha, just saw this now. clearly, David, hes an Austrian. we all know what he meant!

  8. Gabriela

    November 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Oh boy. It’s a slap in the face to fans whenever a player conducts himself in such a way.

    • Dylan Thomas

      November 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      Absolutely. They’ll turn on him in an instant too, with Claudio Pizarro and Hugo Almeida both ahead of him in the pecking order still. It’s not like he can pull this kind of stuff because he’s that good or anything.

      • Gabriela

        November 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

        I hope the ensuing wrath will be a lesson in humility for Arnautovi?.

        While I’m all for a footballer with confidence, there’s a thin line between that and arrogance, which too many young players exhibit more and more these days. Despite that though, they have proof to back it up. Arnautovi?? Not as much.

        • Dylan Thomas

          November 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

          Agreed! It’s going to be a real hassle for his agent, too, who is going to have real trouble shopping him around at another top club. He’s been at Twente, and the Inter, and now Werder Bremen, and he’s made almost no impact on the pitch at all since his last season in Holland. On top of that, he’s been acting like a real idiot, so the clubs lining up for him will be few and far between. He could be putting a real dent in the rest of his career if he keeps this up.

          • Gabriela

            November 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

            (sorry about the accented characters, I didn’t realize they would come out wonky on here — obviously new, great site though!)

            Oh, absolutely. The sad part about all of this is he really does have potential. What I’m hoping for him is that he’ll have a slice of “humble pie,” learn and grow from this experience and make a home at a club by performing well and not opening his mouth. It would be just a waste.

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