Arsenal legend Martin Keown was stunned by the performance of the teenager Marquinhos in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over FC Zurich on Thursday night.
The Brazilian started for the north London club for the first time in the first group game of the Europa League and needed just 16 minutes to get into the top scorers table.
Fine team movement saw Marquinhos fire Eddie Nketiah’s low cross with an emphatic finish into the top corner and the 19-year-old broke down in tears after the net.
FC Zürich hit back with a penalty just before half-time but Nketiah scored just after the hour mark to secure all three points for Arsenal.
Keown was impressed by all of Mikel Arteta’s attackers, but Marquinhos stood out so much that he even compared him to former Gunner – and current Bayern Munich star – Serge Gnabry.
Speaking of the former Sao Paulo winger at BT Sport, Keown said: “It’s the confidence, we’ve talked about having that class in possession. I saw a lot of it in Marquinhos tonight.
“Look at that pass from Fabio Vieira, great ball into the channel, we talked about Nketiah and his movement and then a great pass from his weaker foot.
“And then the end! The ball lifts just before it goes in and it’s a wonderful finish from him.
He continued: “Hopefully the first of many. He has a great future ahead of him.
“This is a real chance in front of him now. Bukayo Saka is only a few years older himself, but that’s the quality he’ll get chances at.
“He looked a bit like a Gnabry-type player. He is small, stocky, explosive pace. He looked very classy.
“He picked and picked his moments wisely, whipped in a few crosses. Really good quality. He continued to produce.
“I think this is great news. We’ve seen Saka, we’ve seen Smith Rowe start her career in this very competition. I think we see another star in the making here.”
Fellow expert Kevin Campbell agreed, adding: “For a 19-year-old, what an excellent result. Shows his emotions too, his first goal for Arsenal and what an absolutely amazing goal.”
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