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'Certainly': Charles Watts thinks Arteta will hand 'exceptional' 19-year-old his Arsenal debut tonight
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'Certainly': Charles Watts thinks Arteta will hand 'exceptional' 19-year-old his Arsenal debut tonight

Arsenal get their Europa League campaign under way this evening against FC Zurich at St Gallen’s Kybunpark.

The Gunners will be eager to hit the ground running in Europe and bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

But with a quick turnaround in games, Mikel Arteta will likely make some changes to the starting XI.

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One potential change the Arsenal boss could do involves Marquinhos, the Gunners’ first signing of the summer.

The 19-year-old joined the Gunners from Sao Paulo for a reported £3million fee.

Marquinhos has made the bench for Arsenal’s last three Premier League games, but is still awaiting his debut.

Tonight’s meeting with FC Zurich could be a great opportunity for Arteta to hand the Brazilian his bow.

Charles Watts thinks so as well. He recently said on his YouTube channel: “Marquinhos on the right wing…

“Looks like he could well get a taste, either a first start or certainly some minutes off the bench.”

“He’s got the qualities for how we want to play”

Marquinhos joined Arsenal as one for the future and wasn’t expected to be thrown in at the deep end.

However, he has certainly been impressing Arteta in training.

The Gunners boss recently said, per Arsenal.com: “I’m very happy with him.

“He has adapted very well and he’s a really likeable figure in the dressing room and around Colney.

“His language is not great yet but I think his physicality has been pretty exceptional.

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“For someone who has come from Brazil and has a different way to train and play, but he’s done it.

“I think he’s got the qualities for how we want to play.

“We will keep him here for another few months and make sure that he establishes himself at the club and in the team.

“Afterwards, we’ll see what the best movement is for his career.”

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