How Arsenal’s new winger Marquinhos can follow in Martinelli’s footsteps


rsenal completed their first signing of the summer by bringing in Brazilian teenager Marquinhos.

Gunners fans were hoping another Brazilian would be the first player through the door, given their long-term interest in Gabriel Jesus, but Marquinhos is still an exciting arrival.

The 19-year-old is seen as a future and hopes to replicate Gabriel Martinelli’s rapid rise since moving to England.

Not much is known about Marquinhos at the moment but the winger hopes that will change in the next few years.

Here, Standard Sport take a look at what Arsenal have after shelling out £3million on their latest signing…

Who is Marquinhos?

The 19-year-old is Arsenal’s first signing this summer and arrives in north London with a growing reputation.

Marquinhos joined Sao Paulo’s academy aged eight and progressed through the club’s youth teams before breaking into the first XI.

At youth level, the winger enjoyed great success and won nine trophies during that time. He has also been called up to represent Brazil at Under-15 and Under-17 level.

Marquinhos’ talent saw him promoted to the Sao Paulo first team last year after catching the eye of his coaching staff.

He operated on either flank for the first team and scored four goals in 42 games. Sao Paulo wanted him to stay but were helpless when European clubs called him up.

What type of player is he?

Marquinhos is a left-footed striker who can operate on both flanks. It was often used on the right, allowing it to cut and shoot.

Sao Paulo coach Rogerio Ceni had been looking for a winger for the past year but with limited transfer funds he turned to the academy.

Sao Paulo is reported to be fond of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who played for Bayern Munich and Juventus, which gives an indication of the type of player Marquinhos is.

Ceni was a fan of Marquinhos’ pace, which is his main attribute, and he had a chance despite the staff admitting his talent was raw and needed to be developed.

Quick and powerful, the teenager seems suited to the speed of the English game but, like Martinelli, he will still need to put on some muscle.

Despite his youth, Ceni was impressed with Marquinhos’ tactical work and was sometimes asked to operate in midfield.

Who else wanted to sign it?

The most high-profile interest elsewhere came in the form of wolves.

News of their interest first surfaced in Brazil, where reports claimed they were ready to get involved in a legal battle with Arsenal.

It has been reported that Wolves have already agreed a pre-contract deal with the player before Sao Paulo agreed to sell him to the Gunners.

It was claimed that Marquinhos signed a five-year contract with Sao Paulo in 2019, when he was 16, but FIFA rules only allow players of that age to sign three-year contracts. That would make the winger a free agent this summer, hence interest from Wolves.

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Talk of a legal battle has cooled and Arsenal announcing the signing of the player would appear to mean no deal is happening.

There had been other interests as well as Wolves, however, with Atletico Madrid scouts having watched Marquinhos.

What will be his role at Arsenal?

The current plan for Marquinhos is for him to join Arsenal for the pre-season and be part of their United States tour. This will allow Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff to see firsthand if the teenager is ready for English football or not.

Arsenal took the same stance with Martinelli when they snapped him up from Brazil in the summer of 2019. It was originally thought the striker should be on loan but he impressed so much in pre-season that he stayed put.

Given that Arsenal have Carabao Cup and Europa League fixtures in the first half of next season, Marquinhos could stay for those and then be loaned out in January.

Quick and powerful, the teenager seems suited to the speed of the English game but, like Martinelli, he will still need to put on some muscle.

What others have said

Arsenal technical director Edu said: “We are delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for some time.

“At 19 he is still very young so he is a player of the future. We look forward to Marquinhos joining us now for pre-season, settling into his new home and continuing to grow and develop. develop with us.

Sao Paulo coach Rogerio Ceni: “Marquinhos is a wonderful boy who is good to work with every day. He mainly needs to improve his final decision making. He’s a player who has strength, rhythm, that’s what he really has.

“There is a very large margin of evolution, he is young, he will have to mature, try to evolve every day.”

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