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Loan move can benefit Marquinhos’ Arsenal development

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Arsenal starlet Marquinhos has cut a peripheral role at the club since signing form Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo in the summer in a £3m deal, and may depart in a loan deal this winter.

Indeed, The Evening Standard are reporting that Arsenal technical director Edu is weighing up the benefits of seeing the young winger depart for a time, with hopes of possibly replicating the loan spells of the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, who both flourished in loan spells before integrating into the Gunners set-up.

With a goal and assist apiece on his debut for the club, in the Europa League against FC Zurich, Marquinhos is certainly capable of channelling the typical Brazilian flair and melding it sweetly with a desire to seek out goal contributions. 

For a player so new to the professional scene, this is a striking factor to hold to your name, and it is one that the 19-year-old whiz might do well by taking a loan move.

Smith Rowe moved to second-tier Huddersfield Town in the 19/20 campaign, providing two goals and three assists in 13 starts for the club as he got his first taste of consistent action, and his ability on the ball and knack for furthering the play swiftly alerted the senior figures at Arsenal. 

Whilst Nelson basked in a stunning loan spell with TSG Hoffenheim the season prior, netting seven goals and providing one assist in 23 Bundesliga appearances as a teenager. 

With recent reports linking Arsenal to a host of tantalising forward names, such as Mykhaylo Mudryk and Facundo Torres, with PSV Eindhoven’s prolific winger Cody Gakpo also on the radar. 

Marquinhos might do well to seek a place in a squad elsewhere, with Germany or the Sky Bet Championship two viable options that would possibly bear fruit for the prodigious youngster. 

The young ace has already left his mark on the development squad, “tearing it up” in the Premier League 2 having netted four goals and served two assists in five appearances, clearly a menace in the division and capable of flourishing at the top level.  

Staying at the Emirates would certainly be no detriment to Marquinhos’ development, after all, Arsenal is notable for bringing talented youth players through the ranks and into the first-team fray, and he would do well to absorb the knowledge of such players, whilst making use of the training set-up.

However, with opportunities potentially limited, a loan move may pay dividends for the talented teen, either this season or the next.

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