Pablo Mari to Arsenal: Loan deal, Martinelli’s role, what Arteta and the defender have said

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In six days, the 2020 January transfer window for Arsenal and all the other 19 Premier League clubs will be closed.

Deals can still be made right up until January 31, and unlike the summer window, deadline day is the same across Europe.

For the Gunners, they were busy in the summer as they signed no less than six players including Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.

But will the north London outfit make a signing before next Friday?

Reports would suggest that will be the case as a central defender is on head coach Mikel Arteta’s radar after losing Calum Chambers for the rest of the season with a knee injury,

With that said, here’s what we know about a Pablo Mari to Arsenal transfer.

Loan deal

The big news surrounding Arsenal on Friday night and going into Saturday morning was that of Pablo Mari being spotted at an airport with Edu ahead a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Initially, it was suggested that the 26-year-old was to join the Gunners in a deal worth £7.5m.

However, it quickly became apparent that was not the case.

We understands Arsenal are working on a deal for the Flamengo centre-back as they look to strengthen in central defence.

The Gunners are looking to bring in Mari on loan with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Arteta’s admission

“I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference. “It’s something we are trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys.”

“We are looking at different positions, obviously since I joined we lost Calum [Chambers] and we had other circumstances and injuries in that position so it’s true that at the back we have been short.

“There are other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.”

Then when asked if he’s confident of getting business done before deadline day, Arteta insisted he will only dip into the market for quality players.

“At the moment I am 50/50 because this transfer [window] is very complicated and I only want to bring somebody in if I’m convinced he can really improve the level that we have.”

Gabriel Martinelli’s role

A deal for Mari comes a few days after a change in Arsenal’s transfer policy was revealed amid the success of Gabriel Martinelli’s £6m move in the summer.

“The way the market is going, the European clubs are looking not so much for established stars, they’re looking for the likes of Martinelli,” Brazilian football expert Phil Vickery said on Sky Sports.

”The Arsenal scouting unit are looking for players in Brazil who are by no means household names in their own home at the moment.

”Martinelli’s already scored with Arsenal as many senior goals as he scored in Brazil, playing mostly regional football in Sao Paulo”.

Whilst Mari isn’t exactly the next Martinelli, he’s not an established name in world football and Gunners fans will hope he can have a similar impact as the teenager.

What Mari has said

Goal.com caught up with the 26-year-old at Heathrow airport on Saturday afternoon and he had a message for Arsenal fans ahead of undergoing a medical at London Colney with the view to joining on loan.

Asked if he’s excited to join the Gunners, Mari had a three word response:

“Yes of course.”

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