Arsenal loanee Marquinhos is sounding quite happy with his current loan at Fluminense.

With two goals and one assist in two Copa Libertadores games, the winger is gaining importance at the Brazilian club, and enjoying his time there.

Marquinhos spoke to the local media in a press conference this week, and in quotes brought by O Dia, he talked about his current form.

“I’m living a magical moment, a very special week. It’s already fitted in with the Alianza game, in the Libertadores opener. Sunday was my birthday. And on Tuesday, I realised my dream of scoring a goal in the Maracanã alongside the tricolour fans. It was marvellous.”

Marquinhos was then asked whether there are any similarities between Fluminense manager Fernando Diniz and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. The winger ended up pointing out that the Brazilian coach has some unique features about him.

“With Arteta there’s a bit of liking the ball, proposing the game all the time. But Professor Fernando is very different. It’s difficult to say. I don’t think anyone in the world does it. Only him here at Fluminense. There’s a bit of a similarity with Arteta in terms of wanting to play, being offensive. But the way we play, everything we do here is his alone.”

Marquinhos, who has a contract with Arsenal running until the summer of 2027, is loaned to Fluminense until December 2024.

The winger already had loan spells at Norwich City and Nantes, and it doesn’t seem like the Gunners have big plans for him at the club. That’s why the Brazilian side now have a buying option over him, so in case he does well there, there’s a big chance they’ll at least try to keep him on a long-term contract.

That said, if he keep scoring in the Copa Libertadores then Arsenal will surely also take notice.