Fabrizio Romano has confirmed on Twitter that a loan deal between Arsenal and Udinese for Pablo Mari has been agreed.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners initially on loan from Flamengo in January 2020. That move was made permanent the following summer and Mari has been really good for us at times since.
However, his lack of pace, injuries and the emergence of a Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White partnership has all but ended his career at the Emirates. As a result, he’s on his way out on loan until the end of the season.
Romano: Pablo Mari to Udinese loan deal has been completed
Mari has played just twice in the Premier League all season and that came in the first two games of the campaign. He has fallen down the pecking order and a move away is the best thing for all parties.
Romano confirmed last night that a deal that would see the Spaniard move to the Dacia Arena to join Udinese has been completed. Arsenal have given the green light and Mari is set to fly out to Italy for his medicals this week.
“Pablo Marí deal completed between Arsenal and Udinese. Straight loan until June, no buy option – he’ll arrive in Italy this week to undergo his medical. Marí turned down proposals from South America to stay in Europe,” Romano tweeted.
If this deal goes through as planned, Mari will be the third senior Arsenal player to head out on loan this month after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ move to Roma and Folarin Balogun joined Championship side Middlesbrough.
Mikel Arteta currently has White, Gabriel, Rob Holding and even Calum Chambers ahead of Mari in the pecking order. Takehiro Tomiyasu can also play in the heart of defence if required, which eliminates the need for the Spaniard.
A loan move for Mari is the best thing for all parties. Udinese get a quality defender, the 28-year-old will get to play every week and Arsenal free up some space in the squad as well as in our wage bill, which could help Arteta and Edu complete a deal for one or two players we’re looking at.