Martin Keown, an Arsenal legend, has heaped praise on Marquinhos following his impressive senior debut.
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Arsenal defeated Fc Zurich in their first Europa League group match yesterday, thanks to goals from the Brazilian and Eddie Nketiah. Marquinhos not only scored, but also assisted.
Marquinhos, 19, has played 33 times for Sao Paulo and has represented Brazil at the U16 and U17 levels. He was a member of the 2021 Campeonato Paulista winning squad. He had previously impressed for Arsenal u-21s prior to his goal yesterday.
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Martin Keown, who praised his performance, compared him to former Gunner Serge Gnabry and described him as a “star in the making.”
He said via Metro :
“He looked a bit like a Gnabry type player. He’s short, stocky, explosive pace. He looked very classy. He picked and chose his moments cleverly, whipped a couple of crosses in.”
“Really good quality. He kept on producing. I think it’s great news. We’ve seen Saka, we’ve seen Smith Rowe in this very competition start their careers. I think we’re seeing another star here in the making.”