Arsenal boss Arteta wants to loan out summer signing in January on one condition

Date published: Monday 12th September 2022 8:28 - Joe Williams

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta watches his team play

Arsenal are ready to loan out summer signing Marquinhos as Mikel Arteta hopes to see him playing regularly, according to reports.

The Gunners signed the young Brazilian in the summer transfer window from Sao Paulo for £3.15m after the 19-year-old made 42 appearances over two seasons for the Brazilian giants.

Marquinhos impressed in his first competitive appearance for Arsenal last Thursday with a goal and an assist in their 2-1 victory over FC Zurich in the Europa League.

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And now The Sun claims that Arsenal boss Arteta is prepared to loan out Marquinhos in the January transfer window to give him regular game time.

The Gunners are ‘still considering a January loan deal’ despite his brilliant display in Switzerland but he ‘will only be allowed to leave if manager Mikel Arteta can sign another winger in the next transfer window’.

Arsenal had planned to loan him out in the summer to another European club but ‘they quickly changed their minds when they saw how quickly he acclimatised to training with Arteta’s senior squad’.

As well as his wonderful talents, Marquinhos is also a key member of the Arsenal dressing room with The Sun insisting that he has ‘become one of the most popular players’.

And Arsenal legend Keown was delighted with what he saw from Marquinhos against Zurich, showering the “very classy” youngster with praise.

Keown said on 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. He picked and chose his moments cleverly, whipped a couple of crosses in. Really good quality. He kept on producing.

“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.”


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