New Arsenal signing Pablo Mari offers glowing endorsement of Mikel Arteta

New signing Pablo Mari has heaped praise on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
New signing Pablo Mari has heaped praise on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (Pictures: Getty)

New Arsenal signing Pablo Mari has offered a glowing endorsement of Mikel Arteta and says the Gunners manager can ‘completely change’ the club.

Spanish defender Mari, 26, became the first signing of Arteta’s tenure on Wednesday, signing from Flamengo on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Mari was on Manchester City’s books while Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad and says his compatriot ‘has very clear ideas’ which reflect his own vision of football.

‘When you build a good group and have a coaching philosophy like Mikel’s, I think he can completely change Arsenal and the current dynamic around the team,’ Mari told Arsenal Player.

‘I think as a coach he has everything it takes to achieve that, plus he has a very good side with top players. I think as time goes by and with the day-to-day work from Mikel, we can achieve that.

‘Mikel transmitted a lot of confidence to me. He’s a great coach and he’s changing things at a big club.

‘It’s really important to have that personality to be able take decisions at a big club during such a tricky time and I think that speaks volumes about Mikel.

‘In terms of the system he uses on the pitch, I think he has very clear ideas which reflect my own vision of football.

‘I want to work hard every day and every weekend to repay Mikel’s confidence in me.’

Arsenal have the option of signing Mari on a permanent transfer deal at the end of the season. The Gunners face Burnley on Sunday.

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