Marquinhos saw his season, which has included a considerable amount of highs and lows, come to an end last night as his Brazil side lost in extra-time to Israel in the quarter-finals of the U20 World Cup.
A lot has happened for Marquinhos in the past year and the 20-year-old will hope that next season he will be able to show more consistency on the senior stage.
Signed from Sao Paulo last year, the winger was named in Arsenal’s first-team squad but was initially involved with the U21s and started the season in superb form at that level with three goals in two games.
First-team involvement followed, with Marquinhos scoring on his debut against Zurich in the Europa League and also providing an assist in that game. He also made his Premier League debut as a late substitute away to Brentford.
However, Marquinhos found it difficult to get playing time at Arsenal and was sent out on loan to Norwich City for the second half of the season. He got off to a good start with a goal and an assist on his Canaries debut against Cardiff City but struggled to make much of an impact thereafter and didn’t exactly receive rave reviews from Norwich fans.
Then came the U20 World Cup, where Marquinhos found the net against Nigeria in the quarter-finals. During the tournament he was used in various positions, including in midfield and at left-back.
Marquinhos will now have some time off before returning to Arsenal for pre-season, but his chances of featuring regularly for the Gunners next season appear slim, especially if Reiss Nelson remains at the club.
Another loan could therefore follow, but perhaps a spell abroad could be more beneficial on this occasion.
There is certainly quality in Marquinhos’ game, with his directness and powerful shots capable of causing all manner of problems for opponents. At times, though, he can be on the periphery of proceedings for long spells and it is hoped that next season, wherever he is playing his football, the youngster can start to demonstrate his ability on a more regular basis.