Flamengo confirm departure of Arsenal transfer target Pablo Mari

Pablo Mari becomes Mikel Arteta's first signing as Arsenal manager
Pablo Mari becomes Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Pablo Mari after Flamengo confirmed the departure of the Spanish defender.

The impending arrival of the 26-year-old will represent the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign as head coach and will provide him with much needed defensive cover.

Mari was signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2016 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League champions and was sent out on loan to Girona, NAC and Deportivo, before joining Brazilian giants Flamengo.

Mari played a pivotal role in Flamengo’s recent Copa Libertadores success and starred against Liverpool in last month’s FIFA World Club Champions final in Qatar.

Arsenal are due to welcome William Saliba back from his loan spell at St Etienne at the end of the season but Arteta is short of options at the heart of his defence with Shkodran Mustafi now on the treatment table after he picked up an ankle sprain during Monday’s win at Bournemouth.

Calum Chambers will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Rob Holding has struggled to recapture his best form since recovering from an identical injury which ruled him out for nine months.

Mari arrived in London on Saturday, accompanied by Arsenal’s technical director Edu, but returned to Brazil less than 24 hours later amid reports that the deal had broken down.

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