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Arsenal considering recalling exciting youngster who is on loan in January 

Arsenal are considering terminating the loan of exciting youngster who is not getting playing time

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Arsenal are currently mulling over the option of recalling Brazilian winger Marquinhos from his loan spell with Nantes in January. 

The 20-year-old winger has had limited opportunities in Ligue 1 this season, managing just a solitary start and a mere 88 minutes of top-tier action. 

Marquinhos joined Arsenal in 2022 from Sao Paulo and has made six appearances for Arsenal’s first team, contributing a solitary goal. He also featured in 11 matches while on loan at Norwich City during the latter part of last season.

Arsenal had initially hoped that Marquinhos would benefit from the loan move to France by gaining consistent playing time to unlock his potential. However, the results have fallen short of expectations.

Nantes even permitted Marquinhos to participate in the Pan American Games in Chile this month as part of the Brazilian under-23 squad, indicating that he may be considered surplus to requirements at Nantes.  

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Last summer, Arsenal came close to finalizing a loan agreement with Olympiacos for Marquinhos. His name was briefly mentioned during negotiations for Nuno Tavares with Nottingham Forest. Several Italian clubs, including Bologna, Empoli, and Frosinone, have also expressed interest in acquiring his services.


In light of the minimal improvement in Marquinhos’s situation, Arsenal are now contemplating the possibility of mutually terminating his loan agreement with Nantes. If this scenario materializes, the club may explore the option of loaning him to another team in the January transfer window. 

Although it remains uncertain whether there is a break clause in the existing agreement, the termination of the loan remains a viable option if all involved parties concur that a change in direction would be advantageous.

Recalling players from their loan spells is not an unprecedented practice for Arsenal. In the prior January transfer window, the club recalled six players from their respective loan stints before arranging new loan agreements with different clubs. These recalls included Miguel Azeez’s transfer to Wigan Athletic, Omar Rekik’s move to Sparta Rotterdam, and goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo’s departure from Crewe Alexandra to join Sturm Graz in Austria.

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