Arsenal confirm Pablo Mari loan to Monza

Arsenal confirm Pablo Mari has joined Monza in Serie A on loan for the 2022-23 season.

Arsenal have confirmed that Pablo Mari joined Serie A Monza on loan for the 2022-23 season.

The 28-year-old is now the Gunners’ fifth centre-back behind Guillaume Saliba, Rob holding, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes and was not in the squad for Friday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Husband lost his place in Mikel Artetaduring the first half of the 2021-22 season and then headed to Udinese on loan, where he immediately became a first-team starter.

The former Flamengo defender scored two goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Le Zebrette and claimed The Gazzetta dello Sport that he wanted to return to Italy.

“When I arrived in January, I had a clear and precise idea. I told the coach and [owner] Gino Pozzo that I came to play. But I realized that I had to win the job day after day, practice after practice. [Head coach] Cioffi was the first to welcome me, well, here,” Mari said.

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“It’s the right league for me. Very tactical. I try to bring the striker towards me. I really like to have the ball and here it can be done and then there’s the battle and I like to have a battle on the ground I would like to stay in Italy.

“Of course, I still have a two-year contract with Arsenal. I returned to play without interruption after the operation on my left ankle where I was absent for five months.”

Monza and Hellas Verona were battling for the signing of Mari, who was also said to have been in contact with Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.

Now the Gunners have confirmed Monza have won the race to sign the centre-back on a season-long loan, which will become permanent if the club avoid relegation this season.

Arsenal would collect up to €7m (£5.9m) if Mari returns to Italy permanently, with the Spaniard still under contract at the Emirates until the summer of 2024.

Arsenal's Pablo Mari in action with Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku in the Premier League on August 22, 2021© Reuters

Mari has scored one goal in 22 appearances for Arsenal since arriving on loan from Flamengo in January 2020, with the Gunners making his move permanent for £5.4m in the summer of this year.

The former Manchester City youngster was part of the Gunners’ FA Cup-winning squad in the 2019-20 season but was forced to miss the final with an ankle injury.

Mari also has a Copa Libertadores and Brasileiro winners’ medal from his time at Flamengo and becomes the latest fringe player to leave Arsenal in the summer window.

Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi and Dino Mavropanos also moved to new pastures, while Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe and Alex Runarson could all follow.

Reiss NelsonThe future of has also been shrouded in uncertainty but the 22-year-old is now believed to be out of action for a few months due to a quadriceps injury.

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