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Name Pablo Mari
Gender Male
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Job xxxx Footballer
Desc Another player leaving permanently following his own series of loan moves, Mari will be hoping to make a name for himself in Brazil

Affiliation

Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  FC Flamengo
  Manchester City

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[From Man City unknown to history-maker in Brazil - How Pablo Mari made it to Arsenal] I’d only been there for my medical. I’ve never met Pep Guardiola or any of the first-team players

I liked the idea of playing for a huge club. They told me that they wanted to win titles. Which footballer doesn’t want to win titles?

2020 01 29 Retrieve

[Speaking about his move to north London] I’m happy to be here and to have signed for a big club. I’m going to do my best to help my team-mates and the club. This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining. I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team

2020 01 29b Retrieve

[Pablo Mari is convinced he has joined an Arsenal team who are on the cusp of achieving great success] When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me. This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining. I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team. I’m a very professional player. I like working hard every day to achieve objectives

I want to take it one day at a time and achieve big things at Arsenal. Right now I want to focus on the day-to-day side of things. I think we need to put the plans to one side for now because the most important thing is to take things one day at a time and focus on achieving short-term goals. We need to change the dynamic around the team, so the short-term objectives are the most important thing. As I’ve said, we have Mikel’s ideas, aligned with the club, and we need to perform very well to change things

[Arsenal are streets adrift of Liverpool this season] Obviously they’re in great form at the moment and they’re among the best players in the world, but we also have a fantastic team with top players. This is football and that’s the way you have to look at it. You have to compete against every side, whether it’s Liverpool or any other club in the world. I have a lot of faith in this great club, Arsenal, and I know we’re going to do very well

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Pablo Mari says Arsenal prodigy Gabriel Martinelli will eventually develop into a top player] Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability. He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play. His decision-making is improving all the time. Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player

He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent. Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well. I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Pablo Mari hoping to emulate Cesc Fabregas & Santi Cazorla by staying at Arsenal for ‘a long time’] There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal. Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes … they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club. One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player. Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years. I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again

I want to take it one day at a time and achieve big things at Arsenal. Right now I want to focus on the day-to-day side of things. I think we need to put the plans to one side for now because the most important thing is to take things one day at a time and focus on achieving short-term goals. We need to change the dynamic around the team, so the short-term objectives are the most important thing. As I’ve said, we have Mikel’s ideas, aligned with the club, and we need to perform very well to change things

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Pablo Mari targets permanent Arsenal stay] I want to play in one of the best leagues in the world and I am now here. I am going to do my best for the team, for the club, to win a lot of games and also for fans [so they can] enjoy [it] with me. I want to play a lot of years here with Arsenal. I am really happy now

Yeah, of course. I am so happy here. I am going to try and do my best until the end of the season. I hope also the club is happy with me and then we are going to find a good end for everybody

[Mari admits he looks back on his time as a City player as a bit of a missed opportunity] Maybe. In that time, for me in my mind, I wanted to play with them. This was not possible. So now for me it is another situation. I’ve learned a lot [since leaving] because when I was there I was young, now I am little bit older. I learned a lot in all the teams I have played. So I don’t want to look back, I want to look forward. Now I am in a really good club and I want to continue here for a lot of years

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 18 Retrieve

[Pablo Mari hoping for permanent Arsenal agreement after seeing loan disrupted by Covid-19] Of course I have a lot of things I can improve but I think my football can be really good with Arsenal, and also with the coach. So, I hope that me and the club go at the end with good things to do a permanent transfer. But we will see because at the moment with the virus it is a little bit difficult

[Mari added of Arteta, who has offered cause for optimism across the early weeks of his reign] He has done really well so far. I’m really happy to work with him. He has helped me with my weaknesses and improved my strengths. I hope I can work with him a lot of years

I like to fish. I always go when I’m on holidays in Spain. I go to the beach with some family. I like to go there because I’m alone and I can think. I’ve not had a chance in England yet but I want to in future. I love England and so does my wife. The centre of London is unbelievable. We are really happy here

[On his future ambitions] To win the Premier League or try to go to the Champions League with the Arsenal. Also to go to the national team

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

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Arsenal have revealed that Gabriel Martinelli will not figure for them again this season, with a knee injury bringing his campaign to a premature conclusion] Left knee. Sustained injury during training on 21 June. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Will not be available for the current schedule of remaining 2019-20 matches

[While having to report bad news when it comes to Martinelli, the outlook is more positive for the Gunners when it comes to Lucas Torreira] Right ankle. Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on 2 March. Progressing well and aiming to return to full training in the forthcoming days

[Pablo Mari is one of the club’s long-term absentees, with his update reading] Left ankle. Sustained significant sprain to ankle ligaments during Manchester City (a) on Wednesday. Has had a successful procedure to the injury this week. Aiming to return to full training in two to three months

[Bernd Leno is also facing up to an extended spell out of action, with the German goalkeeper having been laid low during a frustrating defeat at Brighton] Right knee. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on 20 June. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks