Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu says that the club have been monitoring the career of new signing Pablo Mari for some time, and expects him to add defensive depth between now and the end of the season.
The 26 year old joined the Gunners today on a short-term loan deal with an option to buy, and he’ll compete with David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding and – when he recovers from injury – Shkodran Mustafi.
Although Mari doesn’t have a massive amount of top-flight experience, he is a fluent English speaker which will help him settle in, and Edu believes he’ll prove a valuable addition to the squad.
“Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality,” he told the official website.
“We have been monitoring Pablo’s career for a while and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Flamengo for him to join us initially until the end of our season.
“Together with Mikel and his coaching team, we are all looking forward to seeing Pablo in an Arsenal shirt.”
And the player himself sounded delighted with his move from Brazil to the Premier League.
“When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me,” he said.
“This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.”