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Pablo Mari considers Arsenal exit after losing his place in Mikel Arteta’s side


Pablo Mari hasn’t made a Premier League appearance since the second game of Arsenal’s season (Picture: Getty)

Pablo Mari will consider his options in January with his former club Flamengo ready to make an offer for the 28-year-old defender.

The Spaniard started the season at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, but struggled in the defeats against Brentford and Chelsea with Romelu Lukaku, in particular, giving him a torrid time.

Mari’s only appearance since that 2-0 defeat came during September’s Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon and looks unlikely to force his way back into the reckoning.

The form of Ben White has contributed to Pablo Mari losing his place in Arsenal’s starting XI (Picture: Getty)

In his absence, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White have formed an increasingly impressive central defensive partnership, while the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers offer Mikel Arteta capable back-up options.

William Saliba, meanwhile, is currently impressing on loan at Marseille and is likely to return next season which would further hinder Mari’s chances of establishing himself as a regular first team player at Arsenal.

Speaking last year, Mari outlined his intention to remain at Arsenal for many years, but the goalposts have significantly changed since he joined, originally on loan.

‘This is a footballer’s life. If you want to play football and you want to improve [to get to a big club] then every year you need to move.

‘Maybe when you find a club that is good for you, then you can stay and improve with that club. I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me.

‘I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years.’


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