Arsenal flop linked with exit already but Edu may veto departure

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Forgotten Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is wanted by Brazilian side Flamengo, yet Gunners technical director Edu could prevent the move from happening. The 28-year-old centre-back has been jettisoned from Mikel Arteta’s squad entirely, with his last Premier League appearance coming in the north Londoners’ 2-0 home humiliation to Chelsea in August.

Mari is so far down the pecking order that he has not even made the Gunners’ bench since the 1-0 away victory against Burnley on the 18th September.

There does not appear to be a future for the Brazilian defender, who has fallen behind Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, and Callum Chambers in the pecking order.

His former side Flamengo are believed to be willing to loan the defender they sold to the Gunners’ for £5.4m in the 2020 summer transfer window.

However, reports from South American outlet Torcedores have claimed Edu wants to avoid loaning him to the seven time Brazilian champions, as he believes the defender would lose “visibility” and therefore “resale value” in South America.

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Both Mari and the Gunners appear to be caught between a rock and hard place over the player’s situation at the club.

Mari is ‘unsatisfied’ and reportedly ‘wants to leave’ the Gunners, according to Torcedores, yet Edu wants to ensure the north Londoners can recuperate some kind of transfer fee.

Flamengo have also allegedly made an ‘initial approach’ for their former star, but are yet to table any kind of offer for Mari.

Arteta’s side have plenty of central defenders at their disposal and are therefore believed to be willing to let him leave on loan in January.

But the Brazilian outlet claims Edu does not want him to leave Europe and return to South America, as he wants Mari to play in Europe.

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This is because Edu allegedly feels the club will be able to protect his resale value, if he performs, and impresses, with a side in Europe.

Mari was also allegedly approached by teams in Russia and the Ukraine, except the Brazilian was unwilling to play in ‘secondary leagues’ as claimed by the article.

However, Arsenal’s troubles do not stop there, as there could also be further complications if they do reluctantly allow him to return to Brazil.

Torcedores also state that if Flamengo were to bring him back to the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho on loan, they would only be able to afford half of his wages.

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This would mean the Gunners would most likely have to pay the other half of his wages, despite the fact he will be on the other side of the world.

Overall, this complex transfer saga is the perfect metaphor to Mari’s misery at the Emirates Stadium.

After a relatively impressive loan spell with Arteta’s side from January 2020 to the end of the 2020-21 season, the Gunners decided to sign him permanently the following season.

Arsenal reportedly paid Flamengo £6.8m for his loan spell, however it is believed they did not pay any more to sign him permanently, as the initial loan fee was treated as an up-front payment.

Unfortunately, he has not been able to replicate the form which convinced the Gunners to bring him to the club on a permanent basis.

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