|Desc||Another player leaving permanently following his own series of loan moves, Mari will be hoping to make a name for himself in Brazil|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Flamengo|
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Pablo Mari salutes new Arsenal centre-half partner] We know that David is an unbelievable player. He’s had a good career and is a good football player, and also playing with him is so easy. These two games with him in the starting XI were nice because I only focused on my job and I didn’t need to focus on other jobs.
This is easy when you want to have a big game. We know he’s an experienced player and sometimes when you need to do different things in the last minutes, like when you need to make calls or something like this, he can do it. For us, it’s easy to play with him.
[Mari has instantly endeared himself to the Gunners faithful with his composure at the back and even has his own song] For me, it was an unbelievable day. It was a nice night for everybody and we won the game, which is the most important thing. Also my feeling on the pitch was really nice.
With our fans, with our team, in our home, I think I had everything there to enjoy it. I enjoyed that game a lot and I hope I’m going to play the next games to feel the same with our team-mates and also for the club.
The fans did a little bit of a song for me when I was named in the starting XI, and I’m so happy about that. This means they are feeling happy with me, with my job, so this is nice. I’m going to try to do my best in all the games, to win games, to get points. This is the most important thing, to win games, because we want to move up the table
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Pablo Mari intends to spend ‘many years’ at Arsenal despite making only two appearances so far] I’ve been at five clubs over the last four years. This is a footballer’s life. If you want to play football and you want to improve [to get to a big club] then every year you need to move. Maybe when you find a club that is good for you, then you can stay and improve with that club. I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me. I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years
It’s going really well. My feeling with David is nice. We talk a lot, we speak on the pitch. He’s a role model to me, he’s a hero in Brazil. David is a really good person and helps me with everything. We want to win everything, so we’re going to try. We have a lot of ambition, so I look forward to seeing what the future holds [at Arsenal].
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Arsenal defender Pablo Mari says that Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are the toughest opponents he has ever faced] I think this moment was the three strikers of Liverpool! Salah, Mane and Firmino. It’s because of speed, intelligence and their characters. I think these things are most important and make them top players.
[Mari and Flamengo held Liverpool quiet for all 90 minutes, but succumbed to a 99th-minute winner from Firmino as Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged as world champions] We think we played a really good game there and we know Liverpool in that moment was maybe the best club in the world. They won everything and they won every game in the league. They are a really strong team. But we had one thing that we thought we could beat them with and that was our mentality. We had nothing to lose and everything to win so we could put this mentality in the pitch to try and win against them. But it was proved that in one action you can lose the game. But I thought we were fighting really well against them. Of course it was a really difficult to play against the front three because you know they are fast, they are strong and they know every player and what to do and they have really good quality. Of course it was difficult but I was focused 100% in that game and I know it was a difficult game but I felt like I improved a lot in six months there playing in Flamengo so that I can play against Liverpool and these three players. My focus when I arrived in Flamengo was that we knew we would play against a club like Liverpool in this final and that if we improved a lot we could beat them
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Arsenal’s on-loan defender Pablo Mari says he always believed he would make it at a big club, despite never being given a chance at Manchester City] You go [to City’s training campus] for medicals each year – blood tests, urine, scans – but when I went to the Netherlands and Coruna, the [City] first team hadn’t started pre-season, so there was no one there. You never cross paths. That can feel a bit strange, but City were transparent. The plan was always to go on loan. They help you find teams but never oblige you and the last word always has to be yours. After two years, I said I wanted to return to Spain, go step by step awaiting a chance in the Primera. Look, a player has to have one thing very clear: how much you’re prepared to lose to be a professional. You have to ask yourself that question and be honest. It will never, ever be all lovely. Or all awful. My objective was clear: whether it was City or not, I was going to get to a big club. I was absolutely convinced, ever since I left home at 13.
I never thought of giving up. Never. I’ve had really bad moments, but you can’t ever leave something you love. Football might have thrown me out, but I was never going to throw it out
[Mari took some time to reach full match fitness at Arsenal] Bit by bit you get through the days, the weeks, and the moment you say ‘I’m ready, I can compete’, this happens. The first thought was: ‘Damn, I wanted to keep playing.’ But this is no small thing; it’s not a cold or flu. When you see its magnitude, professional questions are secondary. What matters is everyone’s health