Rivaldo reveals three reasons Arsenal fans should be excited about Pablo Mari

Pablo Mari completed a temporary switch from Flamengo to Arsenal last month
Pablo Mari completed a temporary switch from Flamengo to Arsenal last month (Picture: Getty)

Rivaldo is confident Pablo Mari will succeed in the Premier League, citing the defender’s ability to break forward, his threat at set pieces and his passing ability as reasons for Arsenal fans to be optimistic over their January signing.

Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring in a centre-back after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury and Mari was identified as a realistic target.

With just days remaining of the transfer window, Arsenal wrapped up a six-month loan agreement with Flamengo for the Spaniard – and the Gunners can make the move permanent for a fee of £7.5million next summer.

Mari, who joined up with his new team-mates for warm-weather training in Dubai on Friday, will hope to be in contention when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break.

Rivaldo is confident Mari will be a hit at Arsenal
Rivaldo is confident Mari will be a hit at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Brazil legend Rivaldo was won over by Mari during the defender’s short spell with Flamengo and believes he will be a perfect fit for English football.

‘I think Pablo Mari will fit in very well at Arsenal and in the Premier League,’ Rivaldo told The Evening Standard.

‘He is a good player that struggled to impose himself in Europe as a loaned player of Man City for a while, but he really convinced people being part of a great Flamengo team last season.

‘He is very complete as a defender – capable of bringing the ball forward when necessary and a threat on set pieces. He has good passing skills as well and I liked what I saw from him.

‘In Brazil, everyone has good opinion about him, and he could be a very successful option for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.’

Mari put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal with the Gunners
Mari put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Mari hopes to give Arsenal supporters something to cheer about again by emulating the success some of his fellow countrymen have brought to the club in recent years.

‘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.’

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