Pablo Mari will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious ankle/ligament injury in the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Wednesday night.
The Spaniard came off after 22 minutes, replaced by David Luiz – a substitution which didn’t really work out when the Brazilian made a mistake for the first goal, and conceded a penalty which saw him sent off early into the second half.
Arsenal have lost Pablo Mari for rest of season with serious ankle ligament/tendon injury suffered in defeat at Man City, may need surgery. Granit Xhaka also picked up an ankle problem but may return before campaign ends. Rob Holding in contention for Brighton @TheAthleticUK #AFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 18, 2020
It’s a blow for Mikel Arteta who is without the Brazilian for the next two games due to suspension, and is already without Sokratis and the long-term casualty Calum Chambers.
It leaves us with just Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as senior centre-halves for Saturday’s trip to Brighton, with the latter not even included in the squad.
It might also raise some doubts over Mari’s long-term future, depending on the seriousness of the injury and whether he does require surgery. He is still officially on loan from Flamengo, with the expectation that the deal would be made permanent, and while that’s not impossible, it could have an impact.
It might also mean Arsenal have to think strongly about what happens with Luiz as rumours circulate he’ll be let go before the June 23rd deadline to extend his contract.
It might be a case of needs must, but whether it’s a short-term deal or another year might depend on his and the club’s intentions, which will have a financial aspect to it.
Reports this evening suggest Luiz and agent and Kia Joorabchian are seeking a two year deal, which is, frankly, ludicrous.