Marquinhos’ impressive start with Arsenal is already drawing attention, as he’s received his first call-up for the Brazil u20s.

Marquinhos playing for the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Marquinhos playing for the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal summer signing Marquinhos has been capped with the Brazil u17s in the past, but he’s had to wait for opportunities in the older age groups.

That changed this week, with Brazil announcing Marquinhos as part of their u20 squad to compete in a tournament in Uruguay between the 4th and 11th of September.

Brazil will face Uruguay, Argentina, and Uzbekistan at the event, as part of their preparation for the 2023 CONMEBOL Sudamericano Sub-20 event next February – which will also serve as a qualifier for the u20 World Cup later that year.

So Marquinhos’ involvement in the September tournament could help him push into the Brazil side for the more competitive events in 2023.

The winger has been playing for the Arsenal u21s in the early stages of the new season, and he’s making a name for himself at that level.

The 19-year-old scored and assisted against Manchester United u21s on his debut, before scoring a brace against West Ham United in the next game.

Marquinhos playing for Arsenal in pre-season (Photo via

Mikel Arteta will need to decide if and when Marquinhos is ready to make the step up to the senior squad for competitive fixtures, but the early signs are certainly positive that he’ll make that leap at some stage.