Pablo Mari initially joined Arsenal on loan before the club made the move a permanent one. The Spaniard didn’t feature until March, due to match fitness.
Sadly, football had to go on break almost immediately. In a further sad tale, the 27 year old got injured nine minutes into the season resumption in the EFL cup against Manchester City.
He would spend five months on the sidelines trying to heal. However, it is quite interesting that we have won all eight games he has featured fully – with his return culminating with pur last four consecutive wins.
Having made Pablo’s transfer permanent in the summer, Arteta is obviously pleased with the defender.
“We had to throw him in because we had some injuries and suspensions, it probably wasn’t really fair for him because he’s missed a lot of football in the last year,” the boss said after the win over Newcastle.
“But he’s a leader, he’s someone that trains really hard, he’s a professional, a great communicator on the pitch and he gives you some security and stability.”
“I think he’s done really well with Rob [Holding], he was really good again today with David [Luiz], three clean sheets in a row and he fully deserves the chance to play.
“[He was] really positive when he wasn’t playing, when he was injured and when he is playing, he is the same person all the time, trying to help everybody, really professional, really eager to improve to give his best all the time in any capacity and any role and I think he is getting rewarded by his attitude.”
If he continues like this, the boss will.srelyhave himself a good headache in deciding who takes the left center back spot, with Gabriel back in the squad.