Arsenal are ready to loan Marquinhos in January, as Mikel Arteta wants the Brazilian to gain experience through regular game time.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are open to loaning Marquinhos in January to allow the young winger regular game time. The 19-year-old has hardly featured this season, while new arrivals could restrict further appearances in the new year.
Mikel Arteta has got his decisions spot-on when sending players out on loan. William Saliba and Reiss Nelson are prime examples of the manager’s loan policy. In January, the Arsenal boss could take a similar call with young attacker Marquinhos.
The summer signing arrived from Sao Paulo in a £3 million deal and seemed like a highly-rated prospect. While Arsenal considered sending him out on loan immediately, Arteta kept him on board due to a lack of depth in attacking areas.
After failing to sign a winger in the summer, Marquinhos remained and looked like a bright prospect. He scored and assisted on his debut against FC Zurich in the Europa League. After another start in Europe, he made only two substitute appearances, including one in the Premier League.
Arteta is considering sending him out on loan, and there could be a few interested clubs. Arsenal already considers making new signings in the wide attacking areas. Mykhaylo Mudryk is a high-profile target who could usurp Marquinhos’ game time in the net part of the season.
The Gunners are set to open talks with Facundo Torres over a January move. The Orlando City star could be the Brazilian’s replacement. The idea would be to send Marquinhos elsewhere and let him play regularly to gain valuable experience.
Another English club in the lower division would suit the purpose. Once Arsenal are clear with the idea, interest might pour in for Marquinhos. He could play at one of the Championship or League One clubs and return to the Emirates with renewed vigour.
Alternatively, Arteta may decide to keep him on board if they cannot make necessary signings. If no one arrives, sending Marquinhos out would further dent the squad depth, with a congested fixture list to contend with after the World Cup.