Arsenal loanee doesn’t want to return to the Emirates

Pablo Mari has revealed that he would love to remain at Udinese as he enjoys life on loan at the Italian club.

The Spaniard moved there in the last transfer window after struggling to earn regular minutes at the Emirates.

He was well behind Gabriel Magalhaes, who has formed an impressive centre-back partnership with Ben White now, in the pecking order.

At Udinese, he is playing regular first-team football again and has been enjoying his time at the Italian club.

Arsenal is rebuilding their team and they might be open to selling him in the summer, but it remains unclear if his temporary employers can meet their demands.

The defender, however, wants to keep playing and in a recent interview, he reiterated he is enjoying life in Serie A.

“I’d like to stay in Serie A next season,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by 90mins

“I’m under contract until June 2024 with Arsenal – but I’m so happy here at Udinese.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Mari was one of our best players when he first joined the club, but that was partly because we rarely had good defenders then.

The signing of White and Gabriel has pushed him down the pecking order and it is probably best to sell him in the summer.

We could sign a much younger and better replacement for the former Manchester City man.

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  1. Probably best he does, although again Arteta and his lack of man management, motivational skill and technical knowledge may have been detrimental to the lads progress and performances.

  2. Good passer and good positioning, but too slow and too easily spun in the PL. He had a couple decent performances, but he didn’t display the strength we needed at CB; too easily pushed aside.

    The PL has humbled many a player, and even after his time away he showed he is not a good fit for the league, all the best to him at his current club.

  3. We shouldn’t have signed Mari, he always struggled with the pace of the prem and in truth wasn’t good enough.

  4. He has one of the best positioning sense in the league,

    No Arsenal defender has a better positional sense than Mari, always in the right spot at the right time, is a decent passer of the ball as well.

    Apart from mentoring his fellow defenders on there positioning in the game at Arsenal, think he may be best suited where he is at present

  5. Mari was acquired at the start for less than 2M, but ended up costing close to 10M – nearly 1M per game played. Let’s just say the process cost was 5 times the original budget. And now he is a deadwood on loan with no wish to return. (Where did we hear that before?). In fact, he’s the perfect candidate for the club’s “for free” treatment.

    1. I read an article that overall he will cost us 18 million after his contact is up .
      Once again a player who as been given away for free or will be .
      This is a player who The matobore had first hand experience seeing him daily but thought it would be a great idea bringing him in then-loaning out a young player who as gone on to become a solid player over the last 2 years .
      But the genius knows better .

  6. He wasn’t good enough really but was, in football terms, relatively inexpensive. He and Cedric were given enhanced contracts by Sanhelli and Cedric has at least been a better acquisition.
    I’m sure he is happy playing at his level. Couldn’t dislike him in the slightest and his hair was a sight to behold

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