Branislav Ivanovic has hailed Arnautovic’s quality and believes the Austria international has outgrown Stoke City.
Ivanovic’s Serbia will face Austria in the world cup qualifier and the defender is not under any illusion as to who he will be coming up against.
And even though Arnautovic has only scored once for Stoke this season, the striker netted twice for Austria in their 2-2 draw against Wales.
“I have the utmost respect for Arnautovic because he has matured in the last year and a half or two,” he told a media conference.
“He has drawn a lot of attention here [in Serbia] because of his heritage [he has a Serbian father] and in footballing terms, he has perhaps improved beyond the quality of the club he plays for.
“We have to close him down and if we do, we have a good chance of keeping a clean sheet.”