Mari shows Lokonga Arsenal means business in his first training session

Pablo Mari is one of Arsenal’s most outspoken players on the training pitch even though he does not show that side of himself too often in public.

The Spaniard was Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal’s manager and he has continued to impress at the Emirates.

Although he has been at the club for only one full season, he understands what is expected of the players and recently showed some leadership skills in training.

Mirror Football reports that he pulled up Arsenal’s new boy, Albert Sambi Lokonga in training after the Belgian had made a mistake.

The report says the Arsenal players were involved in a game of one-touch when Sambi Lokonga touched the ball twice.

Mari didn’t hesitate to point out the mistake to him and to show him what’s demanded of the players at the club.

The report further states that Cedric Soares also fell victim to his wrath in the same training session when he committed the same mistake.

Mari has struggled to remain consistently fit at Arsenal for some time now and he would hope the next campaign is better.

However, when he has played for the club, he has shown great defensive ability and he is a quality ball-playing defender.

Tags Albert Sambi Lokonga Cedric Soares Pablo Mari

10 Comments

  1. Loose Cannon says:

    Well done Mari in correcting the lad, alas if you had corrected others and youself on the pitch we would not have finished eight and without silverware. Don’t only look at correcting the freshers and lads, look at correcting the “senior””experienced” players too.Shame, we could not even win the Carbao Cup with players on the payroll earning upto 350K/ week when we knocked out. We need aggression and urgency on matchday pitches, not only on the training ground.

  2. James f jabah says:

    Arsenal please done sell Lacazette

    1. Chris says:

      I like him too

  3. Patrick Onuoha says:

    More aggressiveness next season please. Merry go round our opp box should desist. Attack and penetrate and score goals.

  4. Joe Allysons says:

    Come on man. I thought this was news.

    1. Gooner-kc says:

      Yep, i was like, seriously. An article to tell us that Mari told the guys to touch the ball only once. Really.

  5. RFrancis says:

    Instead of Sambi, Mari should be pulling up Arteta. Only a few weeks to go before the start of the league and not a single first team player has been signed – so much for our recruiting plan that was supposedly dusted and ready to go.

    Pre-season is now severely restricted because of covid so the new players, (i.e. if we manage to sign any 1st team players at all), will get limited opportunities to play together as a team before the league starts.
    I though we were supposed to have a full pre-season, with a full squad, in order challenge for top 4; it’s not looking very likely now. We can only hope that Conti will accept our call mid to early September.

    1. Val says:

      Euro’s didnt help either so its not all on the club here or MA

  6. Reggie says:

    Mari who?

  7. Joseph says:

    I think it’s high time our guys become serious on the pitch and be hungry for 10 goals per match that trying to be serious after being scored or after realising it’s almost time up. We don’t win by defending or spending much time with the ball but rather scores wins the mstches

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