'Pretty good': Charles Watts thinks Arsenal have just discovered an extra weapon
Arsenal may have just got themselves an enhanced new weapon in Marquinhos.
Charles Watts, speaking on his YouTube channel, praised the 19-year-old Gunners gem’s ambipedal abilities.
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. He wasn’t 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.
This week, Marquinhos got his debut, and to say it went well is an understatement.
The Brazilian could’ve hardly asked for a better bow in red and white.
Marquinhos played a key role in Arsenal beating FC Zurich in the Europa League, registering a goal and an assist.
“You want to be able to deliver a decent ball with both feet”
Watts 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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