Football journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Arsenal‘s plan has always been to send Marquinhos out on loan in the January transfer window.
The Gunners signed the teenager from Brazilian giants Sao Paulo in the summer. Edu got a deal done for just £3 million (Goal), and the youngster has already caught the eye.
Arsenal’s plan is to send Marquinhos out on loan in January
Nobody really expected Marquinhos to get an opportunity with the first team this season, but Mikel Arteta handed him his Arsenal debut against against FC Zurich in the Europa League earlier this month.
The teenager, branded as ‘breathtaking’, scored a goal and picked up an assist in what was truly a sensational debut, and Arsenal fans are desperate to see more of him in the coming weeks and months.
However, Jones has now claimed that Marquinhos is set to go out on loan in January. That, apparently, was always the plan, and he’s likely to spend the second half of the campaign at a club that plays a similar style of football as Arsenal.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “The idea is that the first part of this season, he’s been part of things. He understands the vision that’s in place.
“He then goes away to implement everything that he’s learned from this season and make an impact somewhere else – preferably in a team that plays a similar style to Arsenal – and then they would look for him to return and make his mark.
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere long-term. He’s highly thought of. They just want to make sure they manage the situation carefully.”
If Arsenal really want Marquinhos to spend the second half of this season out on loan, they must sign a new winger in the January transfer window.
The Gunners currently have Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka out wide. Marquinhos is the backup at the moment, while Reiss Nelson, who has been injured for the most of this season, is the other option.
Arsenal don’t have another natural winger in their squad at the moment. Sending Marquinhos out on loan is not a bad plan at all, but if he does leave, he simply has to be replaced.
It will be interesting to see what will happen in January, but if Marquinhos continues to impress, Arteta may well decide to keep hold of him until the end of the season.