Earlier today Arsenal confirmed that Pablo Mari had suffered a serious injury. In an update on the official site, they said:
Left ankle injury sustained during Manchester City (a) on Wednesday. This is a significant injury which is currently undergoing further specialist assessment.
There are fears he may require surgery, and as yet the extent of his absence is unknown, but we’re clearly looking at a period of months rather than weeks.
Having joined on loan from Flamengo in January, it was widely expected that he would sign on a permanent basis in the summer. That process has been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis, and as far as Mikel Arteta is concerned, he still wants it to happen.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Brighton, the Arsenal boss was asked if he still wanted to do the deal because of the injury.
“Yes,” he said. “It can’t be affected because a player got injured doing his job defending our club.”
Whether the seriousness of the injury plays a part in the final decision remains to be seen, but he’s a player the manager clearly likes, starting him against the Champions on Wednesday.
David Luiz’s suspension rules him out of the trip to the south coast, Sokratis is not expected to resume full training for two weeks, and Calum Chambers is sidelined after cruciate injury, so Rob Holding is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the centre of the defence.
Young Academy defender Zech Medley is reported to be in the squad as back-up, with defensive options stretched.