When rumours surfaced that Arsenal were interested in signing Pablo Mari it looked as though we’d be recruiting the Spaniard from Brazilian side Flamengo on a permanent deal.
After a quick look at our finances, we had a late change of heart and settled on a six-month loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
It seems very likely we’ll exercise that right when the transfer window reopens (whenever that might be) and Mari, who has spent four of his ten weeks as a Gunner on lockdown, is eager for it to happen.
“I have a lot of things to learn but I think my football can be really good with the Arsenal,” Mari told Sky Sports.
“I hope the club and I can go at the end (of the season) with good things to do the permanent transfer. We will see what happens because at the moment with the virus it is difficult.”
Pablo had only just made his debut for the first team when the boss contracted COVID-19 and Premier League football ground to a halt. In the short time he had to work at close quarters with Arteta, who he’d previously met during a stint at Manchester City, he said he was already picking up pointers.
“He has done really well so far. I’m really happy to work with him,” he said.
“He has helped me with my weaknesses and improved the strengths. I hope I can work with him a lot of years.”