Pablo Mari names four Arsenal players he loved watching growing up, including one surprise

Pablo Mari has spoken about his Arsenal idols.

Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari has spoken about the Gunners stars he loved watching when he was growing up.

The Spanish centre-back joined us on loan from Flamengo during the January transfer window, and has made a fine start at the Emirates Stadium.

It remains to be seen if Mari will end up making his move to Arsenal a permanent one, but he seems keen on it, based on his words in an interview with Sky Sports.

Another interesting part of this interview is Mari discussing watching Arsenal when he was younger, and the choice of four players he named as being the ones he particularly enjoyed watching.

When asked to name his favourite players, he said: “When I was was young I watched Pires, Bergkamp, Henry, Senderos. I liked them so much.”

While those first three are pretty standard stock answers of Arsenal legends, it is a bit of a surprise to see Philippe Senderos’ name in there!

The former Switzerland international showed some promise early on in his Arsenal career, but it’s fair to say he ended up being a bit of a liability and showed himself to not really be up to scratch for us, eventually leading to his exit.

Hopefully Mari can end up doing better than this somewhat surprise idol of his!

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  1. Sue says:

    Senderos?? 😂

  2. Ram says:

    Yeah,great players to watch & be admired

  3. A J says:

    Blimey Pablo, are you sure !

    Is Jeff Blockley lurking on your list somewhere ?

    (a name for the more “mature” fan there).

    1. Ingleby says:

      Yeah – wadda mistaka to make!

  4. jon fox says:

    Like listing your four favourite foods as THREE delicious things and ONE dose of poison. Strange choice of Senderos, to say the very least. Perhaps he is mixing him up with someone who COULD play!!

  5. Segun Eris says:

    Why not Senderos? Many may have forgotten his memorable performances at centre back with Kolo Toure in the 2005/06 champions league run of clean sheets. Senderos faced some of the world’s best players, yet played his part in keeping Arsenal’s goal unbreached. These included: Wesley Sneijder, Robinho,
    Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Raul, David Trezeguet, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pavel Nedved, Diego, Forlan, Juan Roman Riquelme…. A Brazilian youngster won’t miss that, seeing that they watch the Spanish league a lot….

  6. Segun Eris says:

    Mari is Spanish, actually…..

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