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Report suggests Arteta could use Arsenal youngster Marquinhos as a striker
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Report suggests Arteta could use Arsenal youngster Marquinhos as a striker

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking for options to replace Gabriel Jesus following his injury, and a report from CalcioMercato has suggested that young Marquinhos could fill the void.

Jesus suffered a terrible knee injury while on international duty with Brazil at the World Cup. Early diagnosis ruled him out of the remainder of the competition, but thorough scans revealed he had to undergo surgery.

Jesus will now reportedly miss three months of football, according to Goal Brazil.

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Report suggests Arteta could use Arsenal youngster Marquinhos as a striker

Eddie Nketiah is Arsenal’s natural alternative to Jesus up top, while Gabriel Martinelli can also play as a number nine, having done so previously for the Gunners.

However, the report claims that Arteta could surprise everyone by deploying Marquinhos as a striker.

The 19-year-old joined the Gunners from Sao Paulo in a £3 million deal last summer (Goal). He has started just three times for the Gunners’ senior side in all competitions and has a goal and an assist to his name so far.

Marquinhos is naturally a right-winger, but the report claims he can play as a striker too.

He “isn’t exactly a centre-forward, but he’s used to acting on the entire front of attack, as well as being one of the most promising under-20s across the world scene,” the outlet writes.

The Brazilian has only played three times as a striker before in his career. All three of those appearances came for Sao Paulo, with his best performance coming against Racing Club in the Copa Libertadores. He scored a goal and assisted another in a 3-1 win in July last year.

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Marquinhos definitely has the pace to run in behind the last defender if he plays as a centre-forward, but we just can’t see it happening – at least not anytime soon.

The 19-year-old is hugely talented. He’s excellent on the ball, is a good dribbler and can take players on when he’s in one-on-one situations. That makes him much more suited to a wide role.

As good as Marquinhos is, we’re not sure he can play the role Jesus plays at Arsenal. The youngster isn’t quite physical enough to hold the ball up or receive it when under pressure.

That makes it unlikely that he’ll ever play as a striker for Arsenal, but if Arteta runs out of options up top, he may be left with no choice but to turn to the young Brazilian.

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