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Arsenal are keen on signing Pablo Mari on a permanent deal

fourfourtwo: Arsenal fear Pablo Mari will miss the remainder of the season with a “significant” ankle injury – but head coach Mikel Arteta insists the decision on whether to sign the defender on a permanent deal will not be affected by the setback.

The 26-year-old became the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores in November with Flamengo and moved to the Emirates Stadium on loan two months later.

Mari may now have played his final game for the Gunners after limping off in the first half of Wednesday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City.

The PA news agency understands Arsenal paid a loan fee in the region of £4million to bring the defender in for the remainder of the 2019/20 season – but he has only featured three times.

A further £8m would need to be laid out to make Mari’s move from South America permanent but, despite an uncertain financial future for Arsenal, Arteta refused to rule out such a deal.

Asked if he wanted to sign Mari permanently, Arteta replied: “Yes. This cannot be affected just because a player gets injured doing his job and defending our club.”

Speaking of Mari’s injury, Arteta added: “It is not looking good with Pablo, it looks like a really nasty injury.

“The doctors were assessing him today and hopefully tomorrow we will have a better update but the first assessment wasn’t particularly positive.”

Arsenal also confirmed Arteta’s prognosis in their official team news bulletin, announcing a “significant injury which is currently undergoing further specialist assessment”.

While Mari will definitely not feature in Saturday’s game at Brighton, it remains to be seen if either club-record signing Nicolas Pepe or highest-earner Mesut Ozil return to the fold.

Ozil was left out of the 20-man squad completely at City, with Pepe an unused substitute.

Arteta said after the loss that Ozil’s omission was down to tactical reasons and has since spoken about Pepe, who he still wants to see more from since his big-money move last summer.

“He had a few issues but is feeling good now and has trained well the last week or so, hopefully we can see him very soon,” added Arteta.

“It is clear that his consistency has not been at the level that he can produce, he is the first one to accept that, that’s what I’m going to demand from a player of his level, calibre.

“He has to be producing every three days at the level that he can be. He has to be a player that makes the difference, that is a threat, generates fear in the opponents and gives us a big threat in the final third and his work rate has to be related as well with that kind of performance. He knows that.

“He is such a nice kid, trying really hard and you have to respect the timing, the way he has adapted for the first year as well. A lot happened to him and we have to understand that and he is willing and I’m sure we are going to get the best out of him, I’m convinced of that.

“It’s taking those flash moments into a consistent mode and that, for a creative wide player to do it, is a big task so every detail has to be counted because it makes huge a difference and his mentality as well.”

Arteta is likely to have a selection headache in defence with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares also missing through injury, while Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka miss out in midfield.

Source: Published by fourfourtwo

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Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
2 months ago

That will be very nice deal

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
2 months ago

Arteta is right, they can’t leave him because of such a minor injury
Pablo Mari is a hard working player and he’s humble

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
2 months ago

Arteta is right they have to sign him

Emeghurhie Efe
Emeghurhie Efe
2 months ago

I have been very backward I’m football lately. Didn’t even know Arsenal have such player I’m their squad! Lol…he features just 3 times and if he had played perfectly well then he should be on a permanent deal.

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
2 months ago

That Pablo has a little challenge shouldn’t mean his career must be scrutinized. He will be back on his feet soon Artate is an understanding coach

Abel Chidiebere Franklin
Abel Chidiebere Franklin
2 months ago

They should just give him more trails

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
2 months ago

Nice move from arsenal

Obasi victor uma
Obasi victor uma
2 months ago

Yes, it will be a very nice deal

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
2 months ago

Bett

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
2 months ago

Better coach.

Ruth Ayibaemi
Ruth Ayibaemi
2 months ago

That’s not a bad idea

Uzoh Pascal
Uzoh Pascal
2 months ago

He may come good for Arsenal given their defensive problems of late

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
2 months ago

A very nice deal

ikechukwu emmanuel
ikechukwu emmanuel
2 months ago

Good fo us

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
2 months ago

Arsenal should trigger thr release clause of Pablo Mari and make deal permanent.

saviour john
saviour john
2 months ago

Mari defends well, it will be nice if Arsenal sign him.

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
2 months ago

From Arteta’s comment prior to the lockdown, you could tell he had already made up his mind to have him permanently

Deborah folami anuoluwapo
Deborah folami anuoluwapo
2 months ago

Arteta is right they have to sign him

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
2 months ago

Arsenal should try and get a perfect players because next season will be hot

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
2 months ago

Yea,they can’t leave him because he has injury by working hard to defend his club

Friday Ariku Ebiale
Friday Ariku Ebiale
2 months ago

I don’t think they is cause for alarm for Arsenal .
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reuben amicable
reuben amicable
2 months ago

reuben amicable

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
2 months ago

This a very nice move from arsenal

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
2 months ago

They should sign him permanent

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
2 months ago

That’s good, Arsenal should Mari on permanent deal

Yousuph Oguntade
Yousuph Oguntade
2 months ago

Mikel artetal is a good man and an understanding manager who knows what he wants..the fact that Pablo has a minor challenge doesn’t he won’t come back, its left for the manager to decide

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
2 months ago

Wish him quick recovery

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
2 months ago

Good update

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
2 months ago

Not a bad idea

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
2 months ago

Wow that’s really great for Arsenal.

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
2 months ago

Nice hearing

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
2 months ago

His injury shouldn’t cause him to loose his permanent deal. I wish him quick recovery though

Matthew chinedu
Matthew chinedu
2 months ago

Good they should sign him

Muhammed Hammed
Muhammed Hammed
2 months ago

They can’t leave him because he has injury by working hard to defend his club

Israel onyeabor
Israel onyeabor
2 months ago

Nice deal

Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
2 months ago

Wow great

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
2 months ago

It will be very good deal for arsenal

Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
2 months ago

Good

Olawoore Tesleem
Olawoore Tesleem
2 months ago

The signing can be done once he’s technically okk.

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
2 months ago

Arsenal have really broken my heart with their performances lately

Ogbeche peter
Ogbeche peter
2 months ago

Good luck