The protagonist of our column “The Poet of the Week” after the thirty-second matchday of Serie A is the striker of Bologna Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian center forward decided on Monday night’s match against Sampdoria with a brace from a thoroughbred bomber: the first goal of robbery, anticipating Collie with the tap-in with an empty net, the second with a right-footed shot after the wrong intervention of Yoshida.
With the two goals against the Sampdoria Arnautovic reaches altitude 11 in the league, and can boast of having achieved several important milestones. He equaled his best score in Premier League (With West Ham e Stoke City) and is only one length from his overall record (12 goals in 2008/2009 with the Twente). He is the third Austrian player to go in double figures in a single Serie A championship. Furthermore, he has scored the last five goals for Bologna: in the history of the Emilian club only angelo schiavio in 1993 he did better, scoring six consecutive goals. Before him, the latest rossoblù player capable of scoring at least 11 goals in his first Serie A championship with Bologna was Alberto Gilardino (13 in 2012/2013). However, it was from the 2017/2018 season that a player from the Emilians did not arrive in double figures (Simone verdi with 10 goals).
Despite the many goals scored, Arnautovic is also the most unfortunate player in Serie A: the Austrian striker has in fact hit 6 woods.
With his goals, the rossoblùs returned to victory (which had been missing since February) and broke a 468-minute long fast. For Bologna he is an absolutely decisive player: as many as 13 of the team’s 37 total points came thanks to his scoring.
It definitely owes a lot to Sinisa Mihajlović, who strongly wanted him and believes a lot in him. Arnautovic says he considers the coach as a father and a brother, as he gives him the confidence and energy to face all matches in the best possible way. The Serbian coach can be satisfied with his bomber: Sinisa has never had a double-digit forward at Bologna. The last one was Mattia Destro in 2016/2017, which stopped at 11.
Having toured Europe, Arnautovic now seems to have found his perfect dimension. He finds himself very well in the rossoblù and has every intention of staying there for a long time.
By Federico Poet