Pablo Mari: Defender confirms he's joining Arsenal from Flamengo after arriving London

Pablo Mari: Defender confirms he's joining Arsenal from Flamengo after arriving London

- Pablo Mari who joined Flamengo from Man City last summer for a reported fee of just £1 million is set to return to the Premier League to join Arsenal

- The defender never had a taste of Premier League football while at Etihad with the Manchester club sending him on various loan spells

- Mari will be hoping to add depth to Mikel Arteta's defence in the absence of injured Callum Chambers

Spanish defender Pablo Mari has all but confirmed Arsenal switch from Brazilian outfit Flamengo.

Mari was recently spotted in London, sparking speculation of a possible shock move to the Emirates.

However, the 26-year-old has moved to clear the air, hinting he is looking forward to joining the Gunners.

Mari, who was previously at Man City emerged as a shock target on Friday, January 24, after Arsenal accelerated talks with Flamengo.

Metro UK reports the Brazilian club was reluctant to offload the centre-back, but gave in after Arsenal technical director Edu flew to his homeland to wrap up a deal.

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The Mikel Arteta-tutored side is understood to be ready to pay around £7million for Mari and would represent a massive profit on the £1m Flamengo paid City to sign him last summer.

Goal.com caught up with the defender on his arrival in London alongside Edu, asking if he was excited to sign for the Gunners.

In his response, the Spaniard effectively affirmed the move saying: "Yeah of course!"

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Mari made a name for himself immediately after sealing his move to Flamengo only last summer, quickly becoming a fan favourite.

He led the club to their Copa Libertadores triumph, becoming the first footballer from Sapin to win the prestigious South American title.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 19-year-old striker Erling Haaland has scored five goals in 2020 for Dortmund while Man United has scored just four goals in 2020.

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This show Haaland has scored more goals than Man United in 2020 despite playing just 57 minutes this year while Man United have played 360 minutes of football in the same time frame.

Haaland was heavily linked to joining Manchester United in the January window having previously played under United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde in their native Norway.

But Dortmund got in the way of the Red Devils and paid £18million and now the German side a now reaping heavily on the rewards.

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Source: Legit.ng

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