Mikel Arteta says everybody at Arsenal has been impressed with the attitude of summer signing Marquinhos and has hinted the Brazilian could be in line for more opportunities after his impressive debut in the Europa League.
The 19-year-old, who has been listed amongst the 40 most exciting young talents in Europe, was instrumental in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over FC Zurich, scoring the opener and assisting Eddie Nketiah’s winner.
Up to that point, his only minutes had been with the club’s under-23s for whom he’s also starred with three goals.
While the boss acknowledges that Marquinhos has much to learn – including English – he thinks the player’s development is being managed well.
“I was looking more at the faces of the rest of the staff and players [when he scored on Thursday],” said Arteta.
“He’s a player that is very popular with no English, just with his smile and the attitude he has.
“He’s earned the respect and admiration of everybody here. It was a big step because he hasn’t played enough minutes with us, we were willing to give him the opportunity, I think he deserved it, I think he took it really well and he’s a player that needs to keep developing. In order to do that, we have to give him minutes and opportunities.
He added: “We want to build the steps. When we’ve asked him to play with the under-23s, he’s done incredibly well. His attitude [according to] every coah and player has been seen as it cannot be any better.
“That’s what we expect from the players, that’s why he got the chance against Zurich and he might get another chance very soon.”