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Arsenal to face Liverpool and Manchester City transfer dilemma as crucial Marguinhos decision looms

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Marquinhos’ impressive start to life.

Following a period of frustration and uncertainty, it’s safe to say that the strategic decision-makers at Arsenal have finally upped their game as £270million was spent over two consecutive transfer windows, big statement signings and key contract renewals all point towards a club with great plan.

Currently, the atmosphere surrounding the Gunners is the healthiest it’s been in a long time. With an encouraging performance leading to a rise in the sales of ticket, a rocking Emirates Stadium and a sense of belief that something special can be achieved in the near future.

How soon that success arrives depends largely on the ambition shown in the transfer market, with an acceptance that there’s still plenty of catching up to do before matching Manchester City and Liverpool, for instance.

The base of a young yet exciting team full of potential has been built, led by an up-and-coming manager who is hungry to get the club back to its best. However, the focus must always remain on continuously raising the bar, no matter how strong Mikel Arteta’s squad is looking. This might mean showing an intention to attain greater plans in January or next summer.

One of the main decisions for Arteta and technical director Edu will most likely be centred around Marquinhhos. The 19-year-old arrived in June after a deal worth around £3.5million was struck, with an investment in the future very much in mind. Despite the presence of a real possibility of a loan move, the Brazilian’s impressive start to life in Arsenal colours turned heads and he has remained in north London as a result.

“His language is not great yet but I think his physical appearance has been exceptional, for someone who has come from Brazil and has a different way to train and play, but he’s done it,” Arteta said. “I think he’s got the qualities for how we want to play. We will keep him here for another few months and make sure that he establishes himself at the club and in the team. Afterwards, we’ll see what the best movement is for his career.”

Three goals and an assist in two games for the Arsenal Under-21s was perhaps a good sign that Marquinhos is too talented for that level and so a tougher challenge awaited – a first-team debut in the Europa League opener away to FC Zurich on Thursday. There was a sense of excitement and intrigue to see what he would offer, especially on the right wing where Bukayo Saka often shines.

Marquinhos became overwhelmed with emotion after giving his side the lead through a lovely finish into the top corner. With the score level in the second half and Arsenal desperately searching for a goal, the youngster then found Eddie Nketiah at the back post, who made finished the scoring process.

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At the end of the match, the Gunners returned home with all three points and Marquinhos left the pitch as a Man of the Match contender.

Presently, Marquinhos will know that this is his time to shine and prove a point to the manager. With more games to play and extra opportunities from the substitute’s bench, he will get his chance. However, the future could bring uncertainty more than anything else depending on what Arteta decides is best for Marquinhos’ development moving forward.

Arsenal’s interest in signing a new winger to replace Nicolas Pepe, who has joined OGC on a season-long loan, has been well-documented in recent months. A failed attempt to bring Raphinha to the Emirates Stadium during the summer along with interest in Wolves’ Pedro Neto signals serious intent to strengthen the flanks despite Marquinhos’ arrival.

That approach could change further especially if the former Sao Paulo continues to impress. However, there will also be that emphasis to continue adding quality in order to close the gap on league and European rivals and also to make strategic plans to move the club to a greater position in the future.

The aforementioned Manchester City and Liverpool are prime examples. As they start the likes of Bernardo Silva and Mohamed Salah but can replace them with Jack Grealish and Diogo Jota; there are just endless amounts of talent throughout the team and it’s been a big part of their recent achievements and success.

The question facing Arteta and Edu come January is – which route do they take? As well as interest in Neto, Mykhaylo Mudryk is another name being closely monitored. football.london understands that the Gunners’ recruitment team already had its sights set on another winger going into the final days of the transfer window. Pedro Neto was thought to be among the main targets, while Mudryk was also a name that was being tracked.

According to The Athletic, a formal bid for the Ukrainian was under consideration before Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny picked up injuries. Speaking to CBS sports Golazo since the close of the summer transfer window, Mudryk refused to rule out a move in January and specifically to Arsenal. “I do dream and I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.” Mudryk said. “Arsenal is a very good team with a very good coach. I like the way they play. Yes it would be hard to say no from my side, I can’t say no but the transfer is not only my decision and my word.”

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