Arsenal defensive flop Pablo Mari has spoken out about his struggles at the Emirates since he joined in January 2020. The Spaniard, 28, joined the Gunners from Flamengo in the winter transfer window two years ago, coming in as back up to David Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.
He played just three games all season, which was mostly down to the COVID-19 pandemic and injuries all hitting the defender within six weeks of his tenure.
However, the loan spell was enough to tempt Arsenal into making a permanent move for his services, with Mari making 16 appearances last season.
But moves for Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White punted Mari further down the pecking order, resulting in his move to Italy – although he has praised Mikel Arteta for his managerial efforts in his time at the club.
“I haven’t had any luck at Arsenal, but when I’ve been on the pitch, I think I’ve given a very good level,” Mari admitted on Radio Marca.
“In the end, there comes a point where you have to make decisions.”
“Arteta is one of the best managers I’ve come across. He helped me a lot to understand football better.
“It’s an idea very similar to [Pep] Guardiola’s, but with its nuances.”
Arteta’s first venture into coaching was the assistant manager’s role at Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola.
The Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand.
They take on Wolves on Thursday, with the Midlands outfit just two points behind them in eighth.
And with Bruno Lage’s men going unbeaten in their last five, it seems a win would be a superb result for Arteta.
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