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Jul 19, 2022

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This article originally appeared on June 11 and has been updated after the Marquinhos deal was made official.

Arsenalhave announced the first summer signing. On Monday, theNorth London have announced that they have signedMarquinhos fromSao Paulo in a deal worth around €3.5 million. The 19-year-old forward has made a name for himself at the Brazilian giants over the past two seasons, where he has played predominantly as a wide forward and bagged four goals and three assists in 41 appearances, the vast majority of which have come as late substitute appearances.

Stats Marquinhos Marquinhos Right Winger São Paulo Futebol Clube São Paulo Futebol Clube Season 21/22–
Série A Games 21 Goals 0 Assists 1

Update June 11: “We’re delighted to have completed the transfer with Sao Paulo, as Marquinhos was a player we had been watching for a while,” technical director Edu said in a club statement. “At 19, he is still very young, so he is a player for the future. We look forward to Marquinhos now joining us for pre-season, making his new home, and continuing to grow and develop with us.”

However, while Marquinhos may go on to be a successful signing forMikel Arteta’s side, in the short-term he’ll almost certainly be put on a development plan and likely loaned out to another European club to pick up game time next season. Which means Arsenal will likely still be on the hunt for new strikers even once the Brazilian talent has signed on the dotted line.

Arsenal's hunt for a new striker

Jesus, Abraham or Raphinha – Arsenal’s complicated hunt for a new striker

There’s no doubt that Arsenal will be in desperate need to sign a new striker this summer, with a number of big hitters leaving the club over the past 12 months. Not only didPierre-Emerick Aubameyang depart forBarcelona in the January transfer window, butAlexandre Lacazette has also confirmed that he’ll be leaving the club imminently when his own contract comes to an end. As things stand, Arsenal have no strikers in their senior squad ahead of next season. However, before Arsenal fans begin to panic, it’s worth noting that the club have been linked with a number of established strikers and many of them would likely be smart options for Arteta’s team next season. So let’s run through some of the most likely candidates to replace Lacazette & Co. next season.

Player Comparison Gabriel Jesus Gabriel Jesus
Tammy Abraham Tammy Abraham
Arsenal FC AS Roma €50.00m Market Value €50.00m
25 Age 24
Centre-Forward Position Centre-Forward
Jun 30, 2027 Contract until Jun 30, 2026
Full Player Comparison

Undoubtedly, the biggest and perhaps most likely deal at this moment in time is Arsenal’s reported interest inManchester City forward Gabriel Jesus. The Brazil international is likely to push for a move this summer, following the arrival ofErling Haaland and Julián Álvarez, with Arsenal reportedly leading the chase for the Premier League talisman. Experience in the English top flight seems to be key for Arsenal, with the club being linked to other No.9s that have already proven their worth in the division. According to the Daily Telegraph,Leeds United forwardRaphinha remains a transfer target for the club, whileRoma strikerTammy Abraham has found his own name linked with a move to the Emirates due to recent comments from the striker suggesting a return to England is on his to-do list.

Market Value Gianluca Scamacca G. Scamacca Centre-Forward €30.00m

If Arsenal can’t land any of these top-tier talents, they do apparently still have other options. Football London have suggested that Arteta & Co. may find a quick compromise in loaningBurnley strikerWout Weghorst ahead of next season, while the Daily Express believe that the club have already had a €40m bid forSassuolo forwardGianluca Scamacca rejected.

Arsenal sign Marquinhos from Sao Paulo – But search for new No.9 is only just beginning