Arsenal’s new loan signing Pablo Mari says joining the club is a massive opportunity for him, and that he’ll work hard to make the most of it between now and the end of the season.
The 26 year old joined on loan today from Flamengo, and he revealed that initial talks about a move to North London began a couple of weeks ago after he caught the eye with the Brazilian champions.
“Arsenal told us that they were interested,” he said. “We’d just won everything with Flamengo.
“I won the league and the Copa Libertadores and was also named best centre-back in America, so that will have helped Arsenal notice me.”
This is Mari’s second spell with an English club having joined Man City from Gimnastic in 2006. He never played a game for them though, and spent time out on loan with the likes of NAC Breda and Deportivo la Coruna.
This move represents another chance in the Premier League for him, and it’s one he sounds determined to take.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me to come to England, which is the best league in the world right now,” he said.
“I’m a very professional player. I like working hard every day to achieve objectives.
“One thing I can control is working hard on a daily basis to help my team-mates to win football matches and repay the faith that Mikel and Arsenal have shown me by signing me to play here, so that’s my main objective.
“I want to take it one day at a time and achieve big things at Arsenal.”