'Need to give him opportunities': Arteta hints at game time for 'very popular' Arsenal teenager
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised Gunners summer signing Marquinhos, in conversation with the club media team.
The Arsenal boss says the 19-year-old is very popular amongst the club staff and players, and took his chance against FC Zurich superbly.
Arteta also hinted at more game time for Marquinhos, saying “we need to give him opportunities” to help him develop.
Marquinhos was Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, joining from Sao Paulo for £3million.
He arrived at the Emirates as one for the future and wasn’t really expected to be thrown in at the deep end.
In July, Mikel Arteta suggested that he was open to sending Marquinhos out on loan.
But a month later, the Arsenal boss said the 19-year-old would stick around until at least January.
Last week, Marquinhos made his debut, and played a key role in Arsenal beating FC Zurich in the Europa League.
The winger registered a goal and an assist – pretty much the perfect bow in red and white.
Arsenal face Brentford on Sunday, and at Arteta’s pre-match presser, the Gunners media team asked him about Marquinhos’ debut.
“I was looking more at the faces of the rest of the staff and players,” said Arteta.
“He’s very popular, with no English, just with his smile and attitude.
“He has earned the respect and admiration of everybody here.
“It was a big step for him because he hasn’t played enough minutes with us, but we were willing to give him the opportunity.
“I think he deserved it, I think he took it really well and he’s a player that needs to keep developing and in order to do that we need to give him opportunities.”
“You want to be able to deliver a decent ball with both feet”
Charles Watts lauded Marquinhos on his YouTube channel last week.
The Goal.com journalist said it “felt pretty good” that the youngster did well with both his left foot and his right foot.
This is in comparison to Nicolas Pepe, who seemed to struggle with his left.
“I think that was quite promising as well that (the cross for Martinelli) and the cross which led to Nketiah’s goal were both left-footed,” said Watts.
“As a winger you don’t just want to be a bit of a one-trick pony where you’ve only got one foot to get a ball. You want to be able to deliver a decent ball with both feet.
“We’ve seen, say Nicolas Pepe at times when he was there. It was always a case of ‘right, don’t let him cut in on the left foot, get him down on his right foot’.
“And then he’s not going to be able to deliver very well. And it became quite easy for some defenders to mark against.
“But Marquinhos seemed to show (Thursday) – and this is only fleeting evidence – but it just felt pretty good that it wasn’t just the case of ‘he has to go on his right and whip it on his right foot’.
“He can cut it on the left and deliver a good ball in from the left hand side with his left foot as well because there were two really good crosses.
“His finish was his right foot – that was a great finish.”
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