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Rising Arsenal star in Arteta sights for January exit as Edu looks to unfinished business with transfer opportunity

Marquinhos, September 2022

Arsenal could let rising winger star Marquinhos leave on loan in January if they can sign another attacking talent, according to a report.

The Gunners enjoyed a strong transfer window, the rewards of which they are already reaping. Striker signing Gabriel Jesus has had the most obvious impact following three goals and three assists in six Premier League games.

Meanwhile, new left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is driving up healthy competition with Kieran Tierney.

But Brazilian talent Marquinhos arguably proved the most unknown summer arrival for Mikel Arteta’s side. The 19-year-old signed for £3million and has already scored and bagged an assist.

In fact, his arrival allowed Nicolas Pepe to leave on loan for Nice.

According to The Sun, Marquinhos could follow Pepe out of the Arsenal door on loan. However, the prerequisite would be Arteta and technical director Edu getting another new winger in first.

The Gunners were keen on Wolves’ Pedro Neto and had links with signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk.

In the end, though, Arsenal stuck with what they had and have enjoyed Marquinhos’ form so far.

Arsenal made Marquinhos U-turn

A recent report has revealed how Arsenal fended off competition from Wolves to sign Marquinhos this summer.

And The Sunadds in its report that the Gunners in fact made a U-turn over their plan for him.

Arsenal had originally planned to send him on loan for the full campaign to a European club.

But, after watching how seamlessly he adapted to life at the Emirates Stadium, club chiefs pulled the plug on that plan.

Marquinhos impressed in the Europa League, scoring his first Arsenal goal and notching an assist in a 2-1 group stage win over FC Zurich.

He has yet to play in the Premier League, instead only making the bench on three occasions.

However, his Europa League impact came after his flying start to life in Under-21 football. Marquinhos contributed to two goals on his debut in that competition and scored two more the game after.

Gunners have exciting young talent

Arteta has built his Arsenal team on a core of fascinating young talents – with Marquinhos the latest off the assembly line.

Bukayo Saka is perhaps the standout name in that regard amid his success with Arsenal and now England.

Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli all also have exciting futures in the Gunners’ team.

At the back, William Saliba has had to wait for his chance after successive loan spells away from the club, but he has settled well.

And Marquinhos is continuing that trend. He has set the tone for a potentially successful breakthrough season with his debut Europa League performance.

Should his contributions help Arsenal get through to the knock-out stages, his stock will only rise further.

It looks as if Marquinhos will have to wait a little longer to get his chance in the Premier League. Arteta does not want to push him too far, too fast.

Although, given his recent trajectory, there is every chance he will hit the ground running in the top flight too.