Marquinhos signs with Arsenal, as Edu’s clear plan for transfer continues to take shape


Gunners announced the signing of Marquinhos, the Sao Paulo teenage sensation.

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Arsenal appear to be interested in more than just buying players of a certain age. Arsenal also purchased another Brazilian player under the technical directorship Edu Gaspar.

Formerly the technical advisor to the Brazilian national soccer team, Edu has searched for many Brazilian players and had mixed results. Ex-Sao Paulo talent Marquinhos is the latest recruit.

Mikel Arteta gave the deal the green light because he is a quick and agile winger. Marquinhos has the versatility to work from either side, but Marquinhos prefers his left.

Edu has already worn the colours and one goal of the Selecao on three occasions as a youth player. Edu was delighted to announce that Marquinhos will soon be in North London, after his switch to the Gunners was confirmed.

“We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while.” the Gunners director conceded.

“Marquinhos is 19 years old and is a promising player. We are excited to have Marquinhos join us for preseason. He will be making his new home and growing and developing with us.”

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The teenager marks the fifth Brazilian to join the club since Edu became the technical director in July of 2019. Of the other four, some have worked, others the jury is still out on and the rest simply did not live up to expectations.

How Marquinhos’ fares at the club is likely to actually be used as a barometer for how much the Arsenal fans can trust Edu’s judgement when it comes to spotting talent from a South American market.

David Luiz was the first Brazilian to join since Edu was appointed and while the ex-Chelsea man was the most technically gifted player in the Gunners back-line, he was also prone to error and cost the club a number of times.

Luiz’s signing was met with mixed reactions, but Gabriel Martinelli’s was met with muted responses from Arsenal fans. Martinelli, who was a Brazilian soccer player as a teenager, has become one of the most promising prospects at the club.

Willian, a former Chelsea recruit, soon followed. His arrival on a free transfer will be remembered as one of the most disastrous pieces of business Arsenal has ever done in recent times.

After scoring one goal in 35 games, the veteran wide-player ended his contract by mutual agreement after 12 months. Edu’s time at the club will be forever a negative.

Arsenal made it so easy to get Luiz and Willian’s deals through Edu’s close ties with Kia Joorabchian (respected super-agent).

Gabriel Magalhaes was the most recent Brazilian recruit, and he has been an undisputed success in the heart of Arsenal defense.

Physically imposing and dominant in the air, Gabriel has proved to be a bargain after he was acquired for the relatively modest fee of £26m from Lille.

The Brazilian star rush isn’t slowing down. Arsenal’s main transfer goal this summer is Gabriel Jesus, a centre-forward from Manchester City.

Edu is even rumored to be looking at an arrangement with Sao Paulo in which Arsenal would have first refusal on their most promising prospects.

Edu, who just missed out on Champions League football this season, is trying to implement a samba-style approach to the Arsenal squad.