Mikel Arteta ready to loan out Arsenal summer signing in January

Mikel Arteta is considering loaning out Arsenal summer signing Marquinhos in January.

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The Gunners signed Marquinhos from Sao Paulo in June, with the 19-year-old putting pen to paper on a long-term contract at the Emirates.

Marquinhos has not featured for early leaders Arsenal in the Premier League but made his debut for the club in Thursday’s Europa League win over FC Zurich.

The Brazilian gave Arteta’s side an early lead when he converted Eddie Nketiah’s cutback to register his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.

Gunners legend Martin Keown was full of praise for Marquinhos after the 2-1, comparing him to Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry, who had a spell at Arsenal at the start of his career.

But Arteta is concerned that Marquinhos will not get enough game-time in the first-half of the 2022-23 season to develop his game and is therefore considering a January loan move for the teenage star.

The Sun say Arsenal planned to loan out Marquinhos as soon as he joined the club but changed their mind as they were impressed with his performances in training.

The Gunners view Marquinhos as a future Arsenal star but will send him on loan in the winter window if they believe it will benefit all parties.

Discussing Marquinhos after Arsenal’s Europa League win in Zurich, former Gunners defender Keown told BT Sport: ‘It’s the confidence, we talked about having that class in possession. I saw lots of that tonight from Marquinhos.

‘Look at that pass from Fabio Vieira, great ball into the channel, we talked about Nketiah and his movement, and then a great pass off his weaker foot.

‘And then the finish! The ball just lifts before it comes into him and it’s a wonderful finish from him.

‘The first of many, hopefully. He’s got a huge future ahead of him.

‘That’s a real opportunity now ahead of him. 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.

‘I think it’s great news. We’ve seen Saka, we’ve seen Smith Rowe in this very competition start their careers. I think we’re seeing another star here in the making.’

Fellow pundit Kevin Campbell agreed, adding: ‘For a 19-year-old, what a superb finish. Shows his emotion as well, his first goal for the Arsenal and what an absolutely great goal.’

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