Mikel Arteta says summer signing Marquinhos will not go on loan this summer.
Signed from Sao Paulo as “one for the future”, it was originally thought the 19-year-old would be sent to the continent for a year to gain further experience in senior football.
As it turns out, having impressed in pre-season and in two appearances for the under-21s, Arteta is going to give the winger a chance to establish himself at Arsenal before assessing the situation further down the line.
“We’re very happy with him, he’s adapted really well,” said Arteta ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
“He’s a really likeable figure in the dressing room and around [London] Colney even if his language is not great yet. I think his physicality has been pretty exceptional for someone coming from Brazil with a different way to train and to play the way he’s done it.
“I think he’s got very good qualities for how we want to play. We’re going to keep him here for another few months and make sure he establishes himself in the club and the team. After that, we’ll see what’s the best move for him.”
Even with a break for the World Cup, the Gunners will play a lot of football between now and January with six Europa League matches coming on top of Carabao Cup commitments and 16 Premier League games.
Asked if the player would be more likely to play in cup competitions rather than the league, Arteta added: “For every player there is the option to play [all games], if they train and I’m convinced that they have the level to do that, of course, they will have opportunities.”