Pablo Mari casts doubt over his Arsenal future

Pablo Mari is currently on loan at Arsenal until the end of the season
Pablo Mari is currently on loan at Arsenal until the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Pablo Mari has revealed the COVID-19 pandemic has placed his long-term Arsenal future in doubt.

The Spaniard became the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s tenure when he joined on loan from Flamengo in January.

Mari, who knew Arteta from his time at Manchester City, has made just two appearances so far but made his first Premier League start against West Ham last month before the season was suspended indefinitely.

Arsenal have the option to make the 26-year-old’s move permanent in the summer but Mari admitted the ongoing uncertainty has placed him in a state of limbo.

‘Of course I have a lot of things I can improve but I think my football can be really good with Arsenal, and also with the coach,’ Mari told Sky Sports.

Pablo Mari joined Arsenal from Flamengo
Pablo Mari joined Arsenal from Flamengo (Picture: Getty)

‘So, I hope that me and the club go at the end with good things to do a permanent transfer. But we will see because at the moment with the virus it is a little bit difficult.’

Despite the uncertainty, Mari insists he and his family are enjoying life in London and he has been impressed with the start Arteta has made to his regime.

He added: ‘He has done really well so far. I’m really happy to work with him.

‘He has helped me with my weaknesses and improved my strengths. I hope I can work with him a lot of years.’

‘I like to fish. I always go when I’m on holidays in Spain. I go to the beach with some family. I like to go there because I’m alone and I can think. I’ve not had a chance in England yet but I want to in future.

‘I love England and so does my wife. The centre of London is unbelievable. We are really happy here.’

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