Arsenal loanee speaks out on end of season plans following loan move


Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has revealed that he would like to stay in the Serie A when his loan spell with Udinese ends this summer, all but confirming that he is set to leave the Gunners in the upcoming window.

Mari has become a mainstay at the heart of the Udine club, appearing in every game that he has been eligible for in the Italian top flight since his January loan move.

Arsenal loanee speaks out on end of season plans following loan move

Pablo Mari of Udinese looks dejected during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

And despite having a contract for a further two years at the Gunners, Mari revealed that he has no wish to return to the Emirates this summer, and would rather spend another season with Udinese if possible.

“I’d like to stay in Serie A next season’, the Spaniard told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello sport. ‘I’m under contract until June 2024 with Arsenal – but I’m so happy here at Udinese.’

He is a firm favorite with his teammates too, Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri telling 101 that he believed the center back could become a vital cog in the Udinese machine.

Pablo is a very good defender. I think he’s got good experience and a good personality too’, the former Leeds United shot-stopper claimed.’He could be a very important player for us.’

Arsenal to replace him with Serie A defender?

The Gunners could be boosted by the return of William Saliba after a brilliant spell at Marseilles on loan, but would still be on the hunt for cover at left center-back, especially if they are playing European football of any kind next season.

And one man that they could turn their attentions to is Torino center-back Bremer, whose performances have caught the eye of Europe’s elite clubs already this season.

Whether or not the story, first published by Tuttomercato, has any substance to it, is another matter. However, if Arsenal’s defensive options were Saliba and Bremer alongside Gabriel and Ben White, they would rank among the best center back rotation options in the division.

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