Pablo Mari rates own performance against Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after Arsenal transfer

Pablo Mari wrestles with Mo Salah during a Liverpool game
Mari faced Liverpool in the Club World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Pablo Mari expects to adapt quickly to Premier League football after faring well against Liverpool in the Club World Cup.

The centre-back joined the Gunners from Flamengo, becoming Mikel Arteta’s first signing as manager of Arsenal.

Flamengo were beaten by Liverpool in the Club World Cup final earlier this season and Mari rated his own performance against the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

He told the Arsenal website: ‘It was a great experience. It was really exciting to play against a big club and I think I performed really well.

‘At the end of the day, they’re just people like everyone else.

‘Obviously they’re in great form at the moment and they’re among the best players in the world, but we also have a fantastic team with top players.

Pablo Mari is pictured wearing an Arsenal shirt for the first time
Mari joins Arsenal on loan from Flamengo (Picture: Getty)

‘This is football and that’s the way you have to look at it.

‘You have to compete against every side, whether it’s Liverpool or any other club in the world.

‘I have a lot of faith in this great club, Arsenal, and I know we’re going to do very well.’

Arsenal have signed Mari on a six-month loan deal, but the expectation is the former Manchester City player will join on a permanent transfer if he performs well at the Emirates.

Despite being a City player, Mari never played for Pep Guardiola’s side and the Spaniard believes he is joining one of the best sides in the world.

‘It’s a massive opportunity for me to come to England, which is the best league in the world right now,’ he said.

‘Being able to play in this league and having the opportunity to play for Arsenal is incredible, so I’m really looking forward to wearing the shirt as soon as possible.

‘I want to help my team to win matches and give my fans something to celebrate.’

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