Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth

Pablo Mari impressed on his debut (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal new boy Pablo Mari admits he was ‘happy’ with his performance on his full debut for the club in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January and was making his first appearance for the club as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis sealed Arsenal’s path through to the next round.

Mikel Arteta was certainly pleased with Mari’s performance and praised the 26-year-old after the win at Fratton Park.

Mari was making his full debut (Picture: Getty)

‘He is very vocal and very comfortable on the ball, always commanding the back four and he looked like he’s played here for months. I think we have a good player,’ said Arteta.

And Mari was equally satisfied with his own display, admitting he was ‘happy’ with his full debut in a post on Instagram.

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‘On to the next round of the #EmiratesFACup. Happy with the win and my debut for @arsenal,’ said Mari.

‘Huge team effort and great support from our fans! Let’s go Gunners!’

Arsenal now await their opponents for the next round before Arteta’s attention turns back to the Premier League.

The Gunners host West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday in full knowledge that their league position will determine whether they qualify for the Champions League next season.

A shock 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos last Thursday ended Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Europa League, which was a second viable way of returning to the Champions League.

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