Pablo Mari has revealed he is keen to turn his loan from Flamengo to Arsenal into a permanent transfer.
The defender joined the Gunners on a temporary basis in January this year and has so far made two appearances for the club, a 1-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League and a 0-2 win away to Portsmouth in the FA Cup. His performance on both occasions could only be described as impressive, especially given that most players need at least a little bit of time to adapt and show their potential after moving to a new club and a new league.
Having started out at RCD Mallorca’s youth setup, Mari had a three-year sting with Gimnastic before joining Manchester City in 2016. However, he never made a single appearance with the still reigning Premier League champions, and was sent out on three different loans – Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna. Last year he was sold to Flamengo for a reported fee of around £1.5 million.
He helped the club win the Brazilian league title, wrapping it up a day after winning the Copa Libertadores. He made the team of the season in the South American country, and played in both games at the Club World Cup where his team was stopped in the final by the Champions League holders, Liverpool. And even in that game he put in a great individual performance, battling it out well with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Speaking to Sky Sports journalist Paul Gilmour, the 26-year-old said he had enjoyed playing in Brazil for six months immensely, but he also believes his football can be great with Arsenal. He acknowledges that things are now extremely difficult given the Covid-19 situation, but he hopes that he and the club can ‘go with good things’ towards a permanent transfer when the season ends.