Press conference

'Mari balances what I want to do in the back line'

It's been quite the last few months for Pablo Mari.

After becoming the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores in November, the centre back became Mikel Arteta's first signing when he joined us on loan from Flamengo this week.

And our head coach was full of praise for our new arrival.

"For me, it's very important," Arteta said. "He balances what I want to do from the back line, he gives more options, more solutions, he opens up the pitch more. Again, he's a player that we've been following for the last few months. We are really happy to have him.

"We've been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we've been going through in the last few weeks. We found two players that we believe can be very useful and improve our squad, obviously with the resources we had as a club. We are happy with what we've done.

"I am happy for two reasons. We believed that we couldn’t strengthen the team a little bit in some areas with the financial situation that we have, but as well, four weeks ago I was very concerned with some of the departures and we’ve been able to manage that so far."


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