German football journalist Tim Roehn recounted a funny anecdote about Marko Arnautović (via Andy Brassell at ESPN FC):
In his opinion, he's a 2010 Champions League winner, even if he didn't play. He even has 'Champions League winner 2010' printed on his football boots. He only wears them sometimes, but he did when he arrived and some of the other players in the team were laughing about it. He behaves like a megastar here in Bremen. He came from Inter and now he's in a relegation fight in Germany.
When things were going south at Werder Bremen, Marko pouted and "distracted" himself again (via DW.de):
As Werder's season began to unravel, the forward dismissed the club as a "lemonade stand" and allegedly told [general manager Klaus] Allofs and coach Thomas Schaaf to return to where they came from, i.e. their mothers' reproductive organs.
Only Allofs and Schaaf's lack of fluent Serbian stood between Arnautović and immediate dismissal—although he did earn himself a couple of later suspensions for, among other things, going out on a pub crawl as Bremen were fighting relegation.
Inter Milan management must have had that "I told you so" mentality after Arnautović's first two seasons with Bremen.
So did Bert van Marwijk in the first few years after Robin van Persie signed for Arsenal.
Guus Hiddink remembered RVP's rebellious nature (via Mirror Football):
Robin used to be a right rascal. He used to clash in his early days in Holland with the big stars.
Big Pierre van Hooijdonk, who really was the star in the team, had his hands full with a young talent with a really strong mind and a strong head.
At times Robin was really in his way. You just know in football that those sort of young talents can be misguided at times.
But the Van Persie from those days has become a really good professional.
After years of frank conversations with Arsène Wenger, Robin finally knuckled down, and eight years in, he netted his first 30-goal haul for the Gunners.
Look how dominant goal scorers like Zlatan Ibrahimović, Cristiano Ronaldo, Stefan Kießling, Alexander Meier, Marouane Fellaini, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Ishak Belfodil are.
Defenders are either too slow or too small in physical matchups.
The aforementioned players are comfortable with the ball at their feet and can also dictate terms in the air.
Arnautović offers this variety and it's seldom you have a footballer who's in the top tier physically and technically.
He averages more dribbles per league game (2.4) than CR7 (1.5).
Marko has the same amount of combined Bundesliga goals and assists as Andre Schürrle (10) this season.
Look at the drastic improvement in Arnautović.
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If he can turn his career around like van Persie, who's now scoring goals for fun like Manchester United, then Marko will forever haunt Inter Milan just like they regretted the decision to reject Franco Baresi, never turning Andrea Pirlo into a star, selling Roberto Carlos and not helping Dennis Bergkamp through the hard times.
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