“Playing with him is so easy” – Arsenal new-boy Pablo Mari singles out one team-mate for praise

Pablo Mari has discussed his partnership with David Luiz.

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has discussed how easy it is playing alongside David Luiz as he heaped praise onto his central defensive partner.

The 26-year-old has made a solid start to life at the Emirates Stadium since joining Arsenal on loan from Flamengo in January, looking instantly comfortable alongside Luiz in our defence for the wins over Portsmouth in the FA Cup and West Ham in the Premier League.

Speaking about how he’s settled alongside Luiz, Mari was full of praise for the former Chelsea man, hailing his quality and admitting it makes his job alongside him very easy.

“We know that David is an unbelievable player,” Mari told the Arsenal official site.

“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.”

Luiz didn’t get off the most convincing start when he joined us in the summer, but credit must be given where it’s due – he has improved immensely since Mikel Arteta came in as manager.

And now Mari’s comments highlight just how important his experience and leadership qualities can be to this squad, even if many would like us to spend big again on a central defender in the summer.

10 Comments

  1. Mogunna says:

    He just got there , not aware :).

    I’m surprise Coronavirus is not infecting nor affecting justarsenal.

    Our players all been checked for virus, 3 Leicester players infected.

    Real Madrid players have to be home for 2 weeks, because a Real basket player got infected, they share some facilities. They not tested positive tho but Liga is off for a month !

    Now, 3 Leicesters players being officialy infected, all team & staff should be confined as well then.

    Yes, you got my point; logicaly EPL will be suspended or at least no public.

    I think, clubs must invest in safe masks and gloves for the fans to be allowed.

    As they do elsewhere, it is fast to test people before to come in. Ones showing positive signs must be immediately separated and not admited but assisted.

    Ticket price so high, it is best to take 5 pounds from each to facilitate checking and supporter kit.

    When a tickets purchase, kit should be sent, most people buy tickets ahead,last minute ones get kit and puts it right away.

    1. Admin Martin says:

      I am in lockdown for 2 weeks so it is affecting us.

      1. GB says:

        Sorry to hear that AdMart. I hope you and your family stay well.

  2. Son says:

    a backline of
    mari-upamencano-saliba
    i think will do really well in the EPL.
    we have a combo of speed, strength, good passing range, good age range, aerial ability and tackling.
    solid backline it would be
    but will lack EPL Exp.

  3. Son says:

    Smart Summer Arsenal Transfer Business

    sell: socratis-£5m, xhaka-£30m, ozil-£20m, torriera-£40m, auba-£60m, laca-£50m
    total=£210m

    buy: upamencano-£45m, partey-£43m, jimenez-£50m, sabitzer-£30m
    total=£168m

    bal=£37m profit

    how do we see it…

    1. American Gunner Fan says:

      You forget that Arsenal will also have to pay the delayed fees for Mari, Pepe and Tierney.

      Also, the club will need additional coverage in midfield if you ax Xhaka, Torrierra and Ozil. Willock, Guendouzi and Maitland-Niles aren’t going to cut it when your starters need a rest or get the inevitable knock that requires time to heal. At the very least, Arsenal would have to convince Ceballos to stay and pay Real Madrid for him. Even then, the club would still have to bring in at least one, preferably two, additional midfielders.

      Personally, in addition to your list of players to sell, I would cash in on Guendouzi while his value is relatively high. If Maitland-Niles doesn’t get his head straightened out (he’s not going to play as a winger/forward, Arsenal has better options there than he will ever be, so he needs to accept that he needs to adapt to being a DM if he wants to play), I would sell him, too. I would then use the funds from these sales, plus whatever else is available to further strengthen the midfield (Upamecano, Saliba, Mari and Holding/Mavropanos will make the central defense solid).

      Radical Idea: Because he is such a good passer, is strong, has such good vision, timing, close control and moves, and is a solid defender, how about playing Saka at the point of the midfield diamond right behind the central striker (in the role that Ozil often plays) where he can orchestrate the attack with his creativity? Arsenal has plenty of talented wingers/forwards, but not a young player who can terrify opponents from the middle of the park like Saka could (Willock has potential, but he isn’t there yet).

    2. jon fox says:

      Son, If only REAL football life was as easy as your simplistic shopping basket fantasy list makes it seem, to NON -REALISTS. Many on here though live in the real football world, not a fantasy one. Try it sometime!

    3. patrick says:

      keep Auba & Tori I’d say… the rest can move on

  4. Son says:

    Arsenal 20/21

    Lineup: 3.4.3
    Leno
    Saliba_Upamencano_Mari
    Bellerin_Partey_Sabitzer_Saka
    Pepe_Jimenez_Martinelli

    Sub:
    martinez
    luiz_mustafi_chambers_holding_soares_tierney_kolasinac
    willock_guendouzi_niles_smith-rowe
    nelson_nketiah_john-jules

  5. Yusufzuzu says:

    No matter who Arsenal sales we must keep auba xhaka ozil. Sign partey Madisson/sabitzer, Jimenez upamecano/ koulibaly

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