Pablo Mari sends Arsenal transfer message to Gunners board as star hails one team-mate
Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari has made it clear to the club’s board that he wants to join on a permanent basis upon the end of his temporary deal.
Mari joined on loan from Brazilian outfit Flamengo, who faced Liverpool in the Club World Cup final back in December, in the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old Spaniard has only made two appearances for the Gunners since, playing in wins over Portsmouth and West Ham in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.
But the left-footed Spanish centre-half nevertheless impressed in those 180 minutes and is viewed as an important piece of Mikel Arteta’s plans moving forward.
And Mari, who can join Arsenal on a permanent basis for around £10million, has made it clear he sees himself playing at the Emirates full time.
He told talkSPORT: “I’ve been at five clubs over the last four years.
“This is a footballer’s life. If you want to play football and you want to improve [to get to a big club] then every year you need to move.
“Maybe when you find a club that is good for you, then you can stay and improve with that club.
“I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me.
“I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years.”
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The former Manchester City defender, who never made a single appearance for the Citizens, played alongside David Luiz in his two games before the coronavirus-enforced break.
And Mari was full of praise for the experienced Brazilian, saying of their partnership: “It’s going really well. My feeling with David is nice.
“We talk a lot, we speak on the pitch. He’s a role model to me, he’s a hero in Brazil.
“David is a really good person and helps me with everything. We want to win everything, so we’re going to try.
“We have a lot of ambition, so I look forward to seeing what the future holds [at Arsenal].”
Mari had previously hailed ex-Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea defender Luiz for making it “easy” to play alongside him.
He said last month: “He’s had a good career and is a good football player, and also playing with him is so easy.
“These two games with him in the starting XI were nice because I only focused on my job and I didn’t need to focus on other jobs.
“This is easy when you want to have a big game.
“We know he’s an experienced player and sometimes when you need to do different things in the last minutes, like when you need to make calls or something like this, he can do it.
“For us, it’s easy to play with him.”
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