Arteta: Marquinhos not leaving Arsenal on loan

Arteta: Marquinhos not leaving Arsenal on loan

Mikel Arteta says young winger Marquinhos will not be leaving in Arsenal on loan and has praised the "exceptional physicality" of the Brazilian teenager.

The 18-year-old arrived in a £3m deal from Sao Paulo over the summer but while he has not made any of Arsenal's two Premier League squads so far - he has two goals in three games for the club's Under-23s side.

"He's adapted really well," Arteta said of Marquinhos. "He's a likable figure in the dressing room, even if his language is not great yet.

"His physicality has been pretty exceptional especially from someone for Brazil. We will keep him here for at least another few months and then we will see what is the next move in his development.

"If he trains and convinces us then of course he will have opportunities."