Date: 25th April 2017 at 9:40am
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Marko Arnautovic has said that he’ll likely take the next penalty that comes Stoke City’s way despite his first career miss from 12 yards in the game against Swansea City.

With manager Mark Hughes admitting that the miss was the game changer in his eyes, Arnautovic was obviously disappointed with the miss but he told the Stoke Sentinel that he’s more than ready to step up again if required, but he did admit he’d stand aside if somebody else really wanted spot kick duties in the future.

‘Everybody is talking about the penalty and it is a big deal because we can draw the game. I think this is my first of the career and of course I felt it. It was not easy for me because I could help the team if I score. I am always confident, so when I have the chance to take the penalty I will take the next one as well.’

With Hughes’ comments about Xherdan Shaqiri potentially taking the kick, it did seem to irk Arnautovic a touch given his response.

‘When he (Hughes) wants to say this, why doesn’t he say this before the game? He could say that Shaq can take the penalty, but we are dealing with that in the field and I felt good. I felt I am going to score the goal. It is easy to talk after penalty when you miss, but for me as a player I am confident enough and when there is an opportunity for a penalty I will go again.’

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‘But I will also talk to the other players and if another player feels better and says `please can I have?’ then for sure, I will give the other player the ball.’

Moving forward to the remaining games of the campaign, the Austrian knew a top ten finish for the fourth successive year was still on and it has to be our aim.

‘Anything is open. Of course it is not easy because we had the bad run and won against Hull City, then against Swansea we shouldn’t lose this. I think we have played many games this season where we play good and won, and also we play good and don’t win. But we are still near what we want to achieve and we will give everything these next four weeks and after the Southampton game we will know where we are.’

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