Although, at the time of writing, Pablo Mari has not officially joined Udinese on loan, the defender is expected to join the Italian side until the end of the season.
When it does happen, he’ll join Sead Kolasinac as the second departure of the week after the Bosnia and Herzegovina international made a permanent move to Marseille yesterday following the termination of his contract.
At a time when Arsenal are struggling for players and the squad is quite thin, the moves seem strange, but Mikel Arteta explained his thinking during his pre-Liverpool press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“Well, for different reasons,” he said. “With Kola obviously the game time he has had made it really difficult for him to be in the team.
“His contract was ending at the end of the summer, so we believe that it was the right option to execute that possibility.
“The player wanted to go, he had a good option and it was a good option for the club as well.
“With Pablo it was much trickier. But again, with injuries and the history he’s had at the club since he joined … he is a phenomenal professional.
“He hasn’t had the minutes again this season, it was going to be difficult for him to play more minutes.
“And I good opportunity came and we have to be open to that.”
Arsenal have recalled some young players, including Miguel Azeez and Tyreece John-Jules from loan spells which weren’t going as well as the club wanted, and while Arteta didn’t rule out using them to bolster numbers, he said more time was needed to decide what happens next with them.
“It’s a possibility we’re going to explore now when we have some normality after the Burnley game,” he said.
“We have a break and the transfer window starts to shut, so we’ll look at what the best options are for for each individual.”