Pablo Mari 'considering his Arsenal future' amid links with Flamengo
Arsenal outcast Pablo Mari ‘is considering his future at the club’ after failing to nail down a first-team spot and could return to Flamengo on loan… which ‘could save the Gunners £865,000 in performance bonuses’
- Pablo Mari is reportedly considering his Arsenal future after a lack of minutes
- The Spanish defender has fallen out of favour under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta
- Mari has been linked with a return to his former club Flamengo on loan
- Reports suggest a loan move away for Mari could save Arsenal £865,000 (€1m)
- It is claimed there are a number of performance-related bonuses in Mari’s deal
Pablo Mari is reportedly considering his future away from Arsenal after struggling to nail down a starting spot in Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Spaniard started in the Gunners’ first two Premier League games this season – two 2-0 defeats by Brentford and Chelsea – before last featuring in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Wimbledon back in September.
Unfortunately for Mari, that was his last appearance for the club and has since fallen out of favour and down the pecking order behind Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, being reduced to cup appearances.
Pablo Mari is considering his Arsenal future after struggling to nail down a starting spot
However, with Arsenal not participating in any European competitions this season, cup appearances have been hard to come by and illness ruled him out for the Carabao Cup fourth round win over Leeds before being sidelined for their quarter-final victory over Sunderland due to testing positive Covid.
This has led to Mari to consider his future at the club, according to football.london, and is attracting interest from former club Flamengo, who are interested in taking him back on loan.
Having made just three appearances in all competitions this season, Mari will weigh up his options and look at a move away from the Emirates in the January transfer window.
The Spaniard started in the Gunners’ first two Premier League games this season
However, chances have been hard to come by and has fallen out of favour with Mikel Arteta
Should he leave, football.london are reporting that his departure could save Arsenal £865,000 (€1m) in performance-related bonuses.
When the defender joined the club permanently in the summer of 2020, having joined initially on loan in the January window and was Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal boss, the north London club would have to pay the Brazilian club £865,000 each time he made 10 Premier League appearances, reaching up to a maximum of 80 outings, according to Globo Esporte.
If confirmed, it will have meant the Gunners have already paid one instalment of the bonus to Flamengo, given how Mari has made 14 Premier League appearances so far.
The 29-year-old Spaniard has been linked with a return to his former club Flamengo on loan
So should he go on to make another six appearances, it would mean Arsenal having to reportedly shell out another £865,000 – which could be saved if he leaves on loan this month.
Mari is expected to be named in the starting XI for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest this weekend but another snub for minutes by Arteta could see the defender make a decision on his time at the club soon after.
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