Arsenal to loan out star in January despite proving he can score for the club

Arsenal summer signing Marquinhos could be allowed to leave the club on loan in January.

The Brazilian youngster joined the club from Sao Paulo in the summer transfer window in a deal understood to be worth around £3million. While the initial plan was to send him out on loan immediately, the 19-year-old has already made quite the impression on Mikel Arteta.

On his first start for the Gunners, Marquinhos opened the scoring with a well taken strike in Arsenal’s 2-1 away victory against FZ Zurich in the Europa League. But while he has already demonstrated his talents, Arsenal are still planning on loaning him out in the New Year.

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Reports from the Sun understand Arsenal will allow him to depart the club on loan if they are able to sign a new winger in the January transfer window. Marquinhos would already be donning the colours of another club, had he not impressed Arteta and his coaching staff during the pre-season.

“Very happy with him,” Arteta said last month shortly after the Brazilian arrived. “He’s adapted really well.

“He’s a really likeable figure even if his language is not great yet. We’re gonna keep him here for another few months and make sure he establishes himself and then see what’s best for his development.”

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Marquinhos was also the only player competing in Europe to be called up to the Brazil U20 international squad in August. While there have also been some excellent displays in the Arsenal under-21s team, it was his senior debut which saw him capture the attention of Arsenal fans and former players.

“That’s a real opportunity now ahead of him,” Keown said after his debut against FC Zurich. “Bukayo Saka is only a couple of years older himself, but such is the quality he’s going to get chances.

“He looked a bit like a Gnabry type player. He’s short, stocky, explosive pace. He looked very classy.”

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