Arsenal signing trialled in new role and what it could mean for the summer transfer window

Arsenal signing trialled in new role and what it could mean for the summer transfer window

It has been quite the year for Arsenal youngster Marquinhos.

The Brazilian youngster was actually the first of five signings made by the north London outfit during last summer’s transfer window – along with compatriot Gabriel Jesus – with his £3m move from Sao Paulo announced on June 13, 2022 before being officially completed on July 1, 2022.

From there Marquinhos was immediately involved in the first-team picture, despite comments from Edu Gaspar that suggested he was one for the future: “We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while,” the Gunners technical director told the club’s official website. “At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”

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Interestingly, there were a lot of similarities between Marquinhos and another fellow Brazilian, Gabriel Martinelli. Upon joining from Ituano in the summer of 2019, the latter wasn’t expected to feature in the first-team but after impressing in training sessions he was able to change the mind of then-head coach Unai Emery and the rest is history.

There’s still a long way to go for the former to emulate his compatriot but he clearly did something to catch the eye of Mikel Arteta as he was included in the squad that travelled out to Germany and the United States tour as he took part in pre-season games against the likes of Nurnberg, Chelsea and Everton.

Things then took a positive step as after turning in some impressive displays for the under-21s at the beginning of the season, Marquinhos marked his senior competitive debut with a goal and assist in the Europa League group phase clash against FC Zurich away from home.

However, following ‘a slightly disappointing night’ against FK Bodo/Glimt a few weeks later on what was his first game at the Emirates Stadium, the winger saw less and less game time either side of the World Cup break and eventually joined Norwich City on loan for the remainder of the season on transfer deadline day in January.

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