Arsenal confirm six-month loan for Pablo Mari

Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo.
The deal for the 26-year-old Spaniard was confirmed on Wednesday with Mari arriving on six-month loan for a fee of around £4 million before he will join the club permanently in the summer with further add-ons.
Flamengo gave him permission to travel back to London and announced late on Tuesday night that they had confirmed the signing of Athletico Paranaense defender Leo Pereira for £5.9 million as his replacement.
After finalising the move, the Spaniard revealed he was delighted to be joining a “big club” like Arsenal.
“When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me,” Mari told the Arsenal website.
“This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining. I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.
“Right now I want to focus on the day-to-day side of things. I think we need to put the plans to one side for now because the most important thing is to take things one day at a time and focus on achieving short-term goals.
“We need to change the dynamic around the team, so the short-term objectives are the most important thing. As I’ve said, we have Mikel’s ideas, aligned with the club, and we need to perform very well to change things.”
Mari only moved to Flamengo in July but impressed during his short stint in South America.
“The time has come to say goodbye to this defender who arrived at Flamengo to make his mark in our history with the titles of the CONMEBOL Libertadores and the Brazilian championship. Pablo Mari, thanks for everything,” the club tweeted.