JUST IN: Spanish star flies to London to complete Arsenal transfer deal

Tanya Simon
January 25, 2020

The defender was photographed with Edu, Arsenal's technical director, at Rio de Janeiro airport on Friday night ahead of his flight to London.

When asked if he was excited to be joining Arsenal, Mari told Goal: "Yeah of course".

He will now undergo a medical and pen personal terms as the Gunners look to wrap up a deal worth around £7million before next Friday's transfer window deadline.

Pablo Mari is set to become the first signing under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, the Spanish Centre-Back has been plying his trade in Brazil for Flamengo for the past year and will once again be working with Arteta. Mari never played for City in the Premier League as he was loaned to Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruna in recent seasons.

Mari signed for Flamengo last year for just £1m, having failed to make a single appearance for City during his three years at the club.

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In under six months, Mari helped the Brazilian giants win the Copa Liberadoes for the first time in 38 years as they fought back to beat River Plate 2-1 in the final.

Arsenal head coach Arteta has faced Matviyenko twice this season in the Champions League when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

However, Arteta has responded to these claims and is adamant the forward is happy at Arsenal, insisting the striker is not looking to leave.

"Obviously, since I joined we lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions so it's true that at the back we've been short. I only want to bring somebody in if I'm really convinced that he can really improve the level that we have".

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