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FC Zurich 1-2 Arsenal: Young Brazilian makes his Marq


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I have to say I missed European football last season, the gap between games was too much at times, but last night’s win over FC Zurich was a reminder that the Europa League group stages aren’t exactly the best bit about this competition.

The 2-1 win is not a game many will be looking to re-live, the result goes down in the history books and we move onto the next one. That said, there might well be one person in particular who will remember this as a special night, and for 19 year old debutant Marquinhos it was definitely that.

He was one of a number of changes Mikel Arteta made to his side, also handing a debut to goalkeeper Matt Turner, a first start for summer signing Fabio Vieira, as well as starts for Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Rob Holding. We didn’t start well. A poor pass – and a poor decision to make that pass – from Turner handed the home side a chance to go ahead, and from the subsequent corner after Holding had cleared at the near post, the American keeper flapped unconvincingly. He grew into the game after that, but those opening minutes were a bit dodgy.

After that though, Arsenal got on top and stayed on top. We dominated possession, played most of the game in their half – often camped outside the final third – and Marquinhos provided a fantastic ball for Gabriel Martinelli who headed wide with the goal at his mercy. The younger of the two Brazilian attackers made his mark soon after though, after an excellently weighted ball from Vieira sent Eddie Nketiah away down the left, the striker squared it and Marquinhos finished coolly into the top corner.

His emotional response to the goal was really quite lovely, you could see how much it meant to him, and perhaps if Arsenal had made a signing before the end of the window he might not even have been on the pitch, so fair play for taking his opportunity.

There were other chances for Vieira and Xhaka, but it wasn’t entirely one way…


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Publish date : 2022-09-09 07:03:21

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