A member of the Arsenal loan army has this week revealed his admiration for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, revealing that he has ‘never seen’ another tactician come close to the tactical nous boasted by the one-time Everton standout.
The player to have taken the opportunity to lavish praise on Arsenal’s head coach? Pablo Mari.
Spanish stopper Mari of course departed the Emirates on loan late in the January transfer window, after slipping behind all of Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding in the central defensive pecking order in north London.
If the latest comments on the part of the 28-year-old are anything to go by, though, then evidently he bears the man to have dropped him to backup duties no ill will.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN this week, Mari was drawn on Arteta’s abilities as a coach, and did not hold back in his praise for his fellow countryman:
“I have to say he is one of the best coaches in the world because when he does the game plan, I never see it like this,” the former Flamengo star explained.
“How he finds solutions for us and makes it easy to play the game: I’ve never seen something like this. That means he is an amazing coach. To give you the tools to play a game more easily, that’s amazing because when you go to the pitch, you already have in your head the type of thing you have to do to play easy.”
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‘So glad to hear that’
Mari also went on to provide an insight into his eventual mid-season departure from Arsenal back in January.
The stopper of course endured a difficult opening half to the campaign, with his struggles versus the likes of Brentford and Chelsea over the early weeks of term having ultimately culminated in Mari completely dropping out of contention for a starting berth.
He has since, though, managed starts in each of loan club Udinese’s last four Serie A fixtures, a much-needed upturn in game-time amid Mari’s hopes of carving out a spot for himself back in north London in 2022/23.
In turn, the 28-year-old was once more keen to thank Mikel Arteta for doing ‘everything he could’ help him secure a loan departure, labeling the Arsenal manager a ‘really, really good person’:
“In the winter, we [him and Arteta] made commitments together. I explained my situation to him, my feelings. I don’t play in the last six months.
“[He said] the plan in the next six months until June is going to be the same. I can play, of course, because maybe other center-backs get injured, there can be a red card, or yellow cards, but it is going to be one, two, maximum three or four games. At the end. I don’t want that for me.
“[Arteta] was a really, really, really good person at that moment. He said to me ‘everything that you need, you deserve that. You were a professional player until the end and you deserve it so everything I can help you, I’m going to do it’.
“I’m so glad to hear that from a coach because it was not an easy moment for me.”
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