Pablo Mari hoping to emulate Spanish heroes at Arsenal

Pablo Mari completed a loan move to Arsenal this January
Pablo Mari completed a loan move to Arsenal this January (Picture: Getty)

Pablo Mari is hoping to give Arsenal fans something to cheer about again by emulating some of his fellow countrymen who have starred for the club in recent times, including current head coach Mikel Arteta.

The 26-year-old completed a six-month loan move from Flamengo to Arsenal last month, with Arteta desperate to strengthen his defensive options following Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury.

Arsenal reportedly have an option to make Mari’s switch permanent at the end of the season for a fee of around £7.5million.

The Spanish centre-back, who was on Manchester City’s books from 2016 to 2019, is yet to make his debut for the Gunners but should be in contention to face Newcastle after the winter break.

Mari put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal at Arsenal
Mari put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mari will hope to hit the ground running as he looks to follow the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Jose Antonio Reyes in leaving positive legacy in north London.

‘There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.

‘Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.

‘One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.

‘Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years.

‘I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again.’

Mari wants to emulate the likes of Cazorla and Arteta
Mari wants to emulate the likes of Cazorla and Arteta (Picture: Getty)

Mari believes Gabriel Martinelli can go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.

‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.

‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.

‘His decision-making is improving all the time.

‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’

He added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.

‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.

‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’

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