Arsenal payment style for Mari revealed

Arsenal made Pablo Mari’s deal permanent in the summer when the Spaniard had played only a few matches for them.

After just two games, he was injured, but the Gunners had seen enough of him to make his loan deal permanent at the start of this season.

He has continued to prove Mikel Arteta right for keeping him on as his fine performances for the team sees him even get selected ahead of Gabriel Magalhaes in some games.

His transfer from Flamengo was initially on-loan for the second half of last season and the Gunners only made it permanent in the summer.

This type of agreement usually sees the team that signs the player pay a nominal fee or nothing upfront until after the initial loan period has expired.

However, a recent revelation from Flamengo’s financial report via Football London claims that Arsenal paid his whole transfer fee upfront.

The report says Arsenal paid the Brazilian side £6.8million before he moved to the Emirates initially on loan.

Both teams agreed that if Arsenal keeps him permanently, there would be no further payments made for his transfer.

Mari has looked the part in Arsenal’s team and only injuries have stopped him from being a regular at the Emirates.

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  1. Durand says:

    Decent backup player, calm and composed.

    Arsenal better served playing Gabriel so he’s ready for next year’s push, not a hopefully soon to be departing Luiz.

    Mari is good option, but should not be a starter IMHO. Holding & Gabriel are better options.

  2. ken1945 says:

    This is the kind of transfer dealing that our club hasn’t had for ages… a quick and decisive decision.
    One can argue /discuss the merits of the transfer, but hopefully, it signals a more professional way to conduct our business.

  3. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    There’s something fishy about this whole gig…like him as a cover guy, if Luiz leaves…shouldn’t be a starter ahead of Gabs, so if that’s the plan, he needs to be gone yesterday

  4. siamois says:

    No matter how you look at it 7M is a bargain and MA knew him from his time at City do it wasn’t such a gamble but like @Ken said good to see the club being proactive/decisive long it may continue.

  5. Liberator says:

    The best amongst arsenal defenders currently. Mari and holding , two technically gifted center backs pairing .

    1. Son says:

      What technique has holding shown for Arsenal in recent times. The only good thing about his game is his man marking. In his break out season under emery, he played really well in the back three and was rock solid, we are yet to see that kind of display from him since he’s come back from injury.

      I’ll for now look at Holding as backup defender until he proves otherwise

  6. Son says:

    Good transfer decision from Arsenal.
    Every transfer will always be a gamble, Real Madrid would never have believed what they were going to get when they signed hazard. Hope we get the gist

    France are producing rock solid young defenders and we have one o our hands
    Gabriel or Mari should be partnering him next season

  7. ClassyGunner says:

    How Arteta doesn’t rate Saliba is beyond comprehension. Gabriel, Saliba, Holding and Mavropanos thats our CB positions sorted for the next decade.

  8. Grandad says:

    I would take Holding over Luis any time.Mari is a very decent back up CB , who, like Holding lacks the pace to become top quality.Arteta has some important decisions to make regarding his preferred centre backs for next season what with the current five plus Saliba and Mavroponas , both of whom have impressed on loan.I trust he will not extent DL’s contract.

  9. jon fox says:

    We now have dfour CB/ s who most people rate way above those of recent years esp Mustafi Wrestler Sokratis et. I personally do NOT rate Luiz as he is unreliable nan an too mistake ridden for me , but many do rate him.

    So if I go with majority, which for arguments ask I will, then we have Luiz, Holding, Mari and my personal favourite, Gabriel, who is the ONLY one with pace.

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