Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s transfer plans after Pablo Mari delay

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s transfer plans after Pablo Mari delay Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Mikel Arteta says Arsenal remain in the market for a new defender (BT Sport)Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are still in the market to sign a new defender as the Gunners look to complete a deal for Flamengo’s centre-back Pablo Mari.The Spanish defender travelled from Brazil to London with Arsenal’s technical director Edu on Saturday but was unable to finalise his move over the weekend.Arsenal reportedly changed the terms of the transfer as they are unable to afford Mari’s £7.5 million transfer fee up front and wanted a loan deal instead.But Flamengo have been angered by Arsenal’s switch and Mari returned to Brazil on Monday with the transfer still to be completed.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal remain hopeful of completing a deal to sign Pablo Mari from Flamengo (Getty Images)On Monday evening, reports in Brazil claimed that negotiations had been stepped up between both clubs and it is now hopeful that a deal can be agreed.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked if Arsenal will sign a defender before the deadline, Arteta told BT Sport after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round: ‘We are in the market.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The club is trying to facilitate us one or two bodies if we can with the resources we have in this window.‘But I don’t know, whenever we have something to say we’ll confirm with you.’Shkodran Mustafi was stretchered off during Arsenal’s victory over Bournemouth but Arteta insists the German’s injury will have no impact on their move for Mari: ‘No, we had a very clear intention of what we wanted to do in the market with the resources we have.‘If we can do it, fine. But his [Mustafi’s] fitness won’t change anything.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img

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