£4m loanee drops hint about joining Arsenal

Pablo Mari of Flamengo in action during the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

Pablo Mari joined Arsenal on loan during the January transfer window.

Pablo Mari of Flamengo in action during the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

Pablo Mari might've just dropped a hint about joining Arsenal in the long term.

The Gunners signed the 26-year-old defender on a half-season loan from Brazilian side Flamengo during the January transfer window.

Arsenal have the option to make it permanent this summer and, according to The Telegraph, they paid a £4 million loan fee.

Mari hasn't even kicked a ball for the North Londoners, who are enjoying their winter break.

 

But the Spanish centre-back revealed to the club's official website that he wants to be at the Emirates Stadium club for 'a long time'.

He said: "I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again."

Hint?

Mari is spoken like a player who doesn't want to go back to Brazil if Arsenal take up their option to sign him on a permanent basis.

Of course, he'll have to earn a long-term move to North London. It won't be given to him and considering he is yet to play a game under Mikel Arteta, nothing can be guaranteed.

Arsenal's centre-back options won't be as limited in time for next season, when Calum Chambers could be back, while William Saliba, on loan at St Etienne, will be in the first-team squad finally.

If Mari wants to join the Gunners, he's going to have to produce a very solid four months.

Pablo Mari of CR Flamengo celebrates victory after the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between CR Flamengo and Al Hilal FC at Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, 2019 in...

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