Pablo Mari has reiterated his desire to complete a permanent move to Arsenal saying he’s ‘found a club to put down roots’.
Having agreed on the crux of a deal in January, it’s widely expected that the Gunners will pay Brazilian side Flamengo £10 million for the Spaniard when the transfer window opens.
While the ongoing COVID-19 situation looks likely to play havoc with the club’s finances for a while, the defender speaks like he’s been reassured the deal will go through.
Pablo had only featured twice for the first team since his arrival in England, enjoying clean sheets in Arsenal’s two games prior to domestic competition being suspended. It’s fair to say his appetite has been whet.
“I’m happy and I’d really like Arsenal to use the purchase option. With the coronavirus situation, I don’t know what’s happening, it’s difficult, but I hope I can belong here.
“My moment has arrived. The chance to sign for four years, an opportunity I think I’ve earned. It’s time.
“I like the idea of no longer going round and round. If I have to, I’ll keep going until my career ends, but I think I’ve found a club to put down roots.
“A traditional club that supports its people, people who believe in it and give everything. I’d like to be part of that, a great footballer for many years for Arsenal.”
If you’ve not had a chance, it’s well worth checking out the full interview, in which Pablo reflects on his early football career, his time at Manchester City, his amazing six months in Rio de Janeiro and his friendship with David Luiz.