Arsenal have revealed their first signing of the summer in the form of Sao Paulo’s teen star Marquinhos.
As yet another Brazilian star joins the club under the direction of Edu Gaspar as technical director.
Arsenal appear to have quite a strong interest in Brazilians in addition to buying players within a specific age range.
Formerly the technical director of the Brazilian national team, Edu has attempted to sign a slew of Brazilian players since taking up his present position in north London, with mixed results.
However, there are big expectations for the newest hire, the talented ex-Sao Paulo player Marquinhos.
The 19-year-old’s flexibility may be one of the primary reasons Mikel Arteta has approved the trade.
He is a quick and elusive winger. Marquinhos is more than capable of playing on either wing, but prefers his left despite being equally at ease on both.
At the young level, he has already played three times in the Selecao uniform and scored one goal.
Edu was ecstatic to announce Marquinhos would soon be in North London after the deal with the Gunners was finalized.
The Gunners’ director admitted that Marquinhos was a player they had been keeping an eye on: “We’re thrilled to have concluded the trade with Sao Paulo.
He is a player for the future since, at 19, he is still extremely young. Marquinhos is now set to join us for preseason, find his new home with us, and continue to grow and develop.”
Since Edu took over as technical director in July 2019, the youngster is the seventh Brazilian to join the team.
The success of Marquinhos at the club will likely serve as a gauge for how much Arsenal supporters can rely on Edu’s talent-spotting abilities in the South American market.
Although the former Chelsea player was the most technically proficient member of the Gunners backline, David Luiz was also prone to mistakes and cost the team several times.
He was the first Brazilian to join the team since Edu’s appointment.
Gabriel Martinelli’s entrance was welcomed with a more subdued response from the Arsenal crowd than Luiz’s, who had a mixed reception upon his signing.
Like Marquinhos, Martinelli was plucked from the Brazilian football scene as a youngster, and he has since emerged as one of the club’s most intriguing possibilities.
Willian quickly came on board as another ex-Chelsea player.
He was a free agent when he joined, but nevertheless, his free move will go down as one of the worst deals Arsenal has ever made.
The experienced wide receiver’s contract was mutually terminated after 12 months by one goal in 35 appearances.
His stay at the club will always be remembered as a stain on Edu’s résumé.
The reason why the agreements for Luiz and Willian for Arsenal were so straightforward was due to Edu’s strong connections to infamous super-agent Kia Joorabchian.
Gabriel Magalhaes, an undisputed success at the center of Arsenal’s defense, was the most recent Brazilian player to be signed before Marquinhos.
Gabriel, who is physically intimidating and dominating in the air, has proven to be a steal after being purchased from Lille for the comparatively low price of £26 million.
The inflow of Brazilian players doesn’t seem to be slowing down, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, a center-forward for the Selecao, as Arsenal’s top transfer target this summer.
There are even rumors that Edu tried to work out a deal with Sao Paulo wherein Arsenal would have first dibs on some of their most promising talents.
Edu’s most recent attempts to try to install some samba-style on the Arsenal squad must perform better than they have in the past, having just missed out on Champions League football.