Frustrated Arsenal star could follow Maitland-Niles and seek a January move

Pablo Mari could ask to leave Arsenal this month because of a lack of playing time.

The Spaniard was the club’s first signing under Mikel Arteta and started the games against Chelsea and Brentford at the beginning of this campaign.

But he has not played for the club since September after an injury and covid sidelined him for Arsenal’s last two matches in the Carabao Cup.

The former Flamengo man is struggling to break the centre-back partnership of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, and Rob Holding also appears to be ahead of him in the pecking order at the club.

Football London says he could ask to leave the club this month if he is snubbed for Arsenal’s FA Cup match this weekend.

His former club is in the running to take him back to Brazil, and the move could save Arsenal some money in bonus payments.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Arsenal has done very well in this campaign, and their current centre-back pairing has looked perfect.

It would take something significant for Mari to win a place on the team again, which should be enough reason for him to ask to leave.

When William Saliba returns in the summer, the French youngster will provide added competition for a place in the team.

However, we need squad depth because of competitions like the FA Cup and should keep him at the Emirates until the summer.

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  1. I agree, keep him until the summer at least if we can

    He paid the price along with Chambers to a degree for our poor start this season but I thought he looked decent in the pre season games I watched and in the games he played last season and the few he played at the end of the 19/20 season

    In any event I think Holding on the right and Mari on the left is the natural cover option to White and Gabriel, although Holding has played well on the left and Chambers has had a chance or two on the right recently so we’ll see

    1. He is good on the ball FF, but his lack of pace is a big drawback which he can never overcome I’m afraid.Along with Soares and Willian ,three signings which have proved to be a complete waste of money.

  2. He was not an Arteta signing – he was one of several VERY DODGY signings made by Raul Salehi, and i think we all know what happened there (from what we heard – Raul signed players from his friends, got big backhanders, and the players were substandard – until he was very quickly relieved of his duties just as it was all coming to light)………

    1. That is the nuts and bolts of it shedzy
      …. Mari and Soares were brought in as relief squad players on loan. I doubt very much that Arteta asked for them to become permanent signings on longish contracts

    2. really??? so the fact that he was under contract for City when Arteta was on staff was just a coincidence??? btw one of the reasons the weasel Raul left North London was because he was being left out of transfer decisions, as was expressed by many within the media at the time… “Sanllehi felt control of transfers had been taken out of his hands and put in those of Arteta and technical director Edu…Raul should be rightfully blamed for the Pepe debacle, but not for this signing, as you would mistakenly suggest

      1. How are you sure you are correct and Sue is mistaken?Are you privy to inside info which is not available to fans in general or are you also making assumptions?

        1. Not assumptions at all
          It’s quite obvious that he was a Arteta signing as like TRVL said he worked with him at Man City
          A few snippets
          “I worked with him at city and I know his qualities “

          “Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants to sign Pablo Mari on a permanent basis this summer despite the defender’s season-ending injury.
          The Spanish defender arrived from Brazilian side Flamengo on loan in January and has made just three appearances for the Gunners.
          He was injured during Wednesday night’s defeat at Manchester City and is now expected to miss the remainder of the campaign with ankle ligament damage.”

          But Arteta says the injury will not change his plans for the summer and that securing Mari permanently remains a priority.

          1. big ups DK…people should check the facts in question before going way out of their respective way to defend clearly clueless banter…another case of foot-in-mouth disease…Cheers

        2. Grandad, I was quoting directly from a media outlet at the time, but simply forgot to put the other quotation marks at the end…“Sanllehi felt control of transfers had been taken out of his hands and put in those of Arteta and technical director Edu”…this wasn’t some sort of secret information, but a well-known fact…furthermore, I was disputing Shedzy’s comments, not SueP’s, the fact that she mistakenly agreed with his utter nonsense simply meant that I got a 2-for-1 deal

          1. Thank you.I thought you would not be disrespectful to a lady who invariably speaks a lot of sense.

      2. On the basis of your response, I looked back on what I thought my version of events were. Raul was in bed, so to speak with Kia and a another who was either Soares’ or Mari’s agent. It is there to be read. Pepe was in the list of dodgy dealings or the wrong dealings, but so were others. Why on earth would RS leave a highly paid job at Arsenal for the perceived removal of control. He was on a higher pay scale than Edu and Arteta, wasn’t he?

        1. choose your battles more wisely SueP, as this one isn’t worth the invariably grief…the real concern was Edu’s relationship with Kia, not Raul’s…in fact, this relationship probably cost Raul his job, as “Arsenal themselves felt their structure behind-the-scenes had become bloated and in need of streamlining, appointing corporate lawyer Tim Lewis to oversee a review, and Sanllehi was likely to be axed in favour of an axis of Edu and Arteta to decide transfers”…now if Raul had been the making all the decisions regarding player transfers it would seem highly unlikely that they would have removed him from the room…all these maneuverings were likely predicated on Raul’s total mishandling of the Pepe deal

          1. “Super agent Kia Joorabchian has a close working relationship with Arsenal’s technical director Edu, it has been revealed”

            “Kia Joorabchian’s Arsenal relationship and what he offers Edu in transfer market”

            “it was Joorabchian’s connections that enabled Mikel Arteta and Arsenal to complete the transfer for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard in this summer’s window”

            “it was Joorabchian’s connections that enabled Mikel Arteta and Arsenal to complete the transfer for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard in this summer’s window”

            just a few quotes that speak directly to Kia’s relationship with the club long after Raul’s departure

  3. I don’t think he has ever been considered more than a squaddie Grandad and should probably go in the summer, Gabriel has faults as well, some of which partly means he is unavailable for Sunday, or if that is postponed the Liverpool game

    Arteta said in his Press Conference today that we are very short at the moment but explained why he still let Ainsley go, I doubt that he would have similar reasoning with Mari at this time

    He didn’t name names but if we have a positive COVID test with any of our back 4 tomorrow I reckon Mari could play on Sunday, as might Cedric

  4. I too think Mari could play on Sunday. That said, I feel we shouldnt let him go atleast until summer when Saliba returns. We need to have cover in case of suspensions or injuries.

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