100 Club

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Marko Arnautovic is in line to become the 17th Stoke player to reach 100 Premier League appearances for the club this weekend.

There was a point during the summer when it appeared that the Austrian wouldn’t reach the milestone, but he eventually put pen to paper to prolong his career in Staffordshire.

Excellent strikes against Hull and Crystal Palace have shown his importance to the club during a difficult time and he will join an impressive band of brothers in the exclusive club.

Out on top of the appearance list is Ryan Shawcross, closely followed by Glenn Whelan. They’ve both surpassed 250 top flight appearances for Stoke, with Jon Walters the only other player to break the 200 barrier since Stoke’s promotion in 2008.

Peter Crouch is closing in on 150 appearances for the club (currently 146), and he will be the sixth man to do so. Asmir Begovic (160) and Matthew Etherington (152) are the others who have reached that figure.

It may come as a surprise to some, but Marc Wilson departed with 146 top flight appearances under his belt- although that experience doesn’t seem to have helped his chances of first team football at Bournemouth.

Wilson’s departure leaves three other unmentioned players in the 100 Club who are still at the club- Geoff Cameron, Charlie Adam and Erik Pieters.

On Sunday, Arnautovic will be hoping to celebrate his century in style. His 100th appearance for the club resulted in him scoring a match-winning brace against Aston Villa.

Something similar against Manchester United would be very welcome and let’s not forget, his first Premier League goal came at Old Trafford…

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