MARKO ARNAUTOVIC believes there is no reason why he can’t kick-off his Stoke City career in stunning fashion against Premier League title favourites Manchester City on Saturday.
The highly rated Austrian international completed a dramatic deadline day move from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen and looks primed to feature against the Citizens in some capacity, having undertaken his first training session at Clayton Wood on Thursday.
He acknowledges that he will be thrown straight in at the deep end if boss Mark Hughes does opt to unleash him upon Manuel Pellegrini’s side tomorrow, but says that he is more than ready to make his bow against the 2011/12 Champions and help the Potters stage an upset.
“It’s a great game to start with because they are a very big team with many world class players, and if the manager decides to play me that would be great; but if not that is no problem,” he exclusively told Stoke City Player.
“I am fit and I am ready to play, but I have only been here for one day and the manager may have an idea of what he wants to play, but if he does play me or bring me off the bench then I will be desperate to show everyone what I can do.
“In the Premier League everybody can beat everybody, and with the players here and the way that the team plays football, there is absolutely no reason why Stoke City can’t go out there and win the game.”
The talented forward senses that he will thoroughly enjoy the latest chapter of his career at the Britannia Stadium, describing the welcome that he has received from his new teammates as incredibly warming.
“They have all been very nice to me and they have introduced themselves to me which is nice; they have come over to me and have offered to help me settle in.
“I have only been here for a couple of hours, and worked with them just once but I have love for the place already and am determined to help the team with good performances on the pitch.
“I don’t like talking about myself as a player but I am a technical player, and I feel that I will fit in very well with the very good players who are already here, and with the style of play that the coach likes to use.”
The 24-year-old also revealed that he spurned the opportunity of signing for a number of other clubs in favour of completing a move to the Britannia Stadium.
“The trainer gave me a very good feeling about the Club when he came over to Germany to speak to me. He said many good things and made Stoke City a very good option for me.
“I am really happy to be here, and I have to thank the Club for giving me this opportunity to come here and play in the Premier League; I hope that I can pay them back for the faith they have in me with good performances.”