Pablo Mari is holding his medical at Udinese today ahead of a potential loan move from Arsenal, according to a report.

Brentford v Arsenal Premier League Brentford s Ivan Toney and Arsenals Pablo Mari during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford Copyright: Daniel Hambury
Brentford v Arsenal Premier League Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Arsenal’s Pablo Mari during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford Copyright: Daniel Hambury

Fabrizio Romano writes that a deal for Pablo Mari to join Udinese on loan is expected to be completed today, as the player is undergoing his medical in Italy.

Romano previously reported that Udinese had come to an agreement with Arsenal for a straight loan until June with no purchase option.

Mari has hardly featured at all for Arsenal this season, playing just three times in all competitions. Even calling the centre-back a “squad option” is too generous, as he’s only made the squad in 10 matches of Arsenal’s 26.

It was clear going into the month that the 28-year-old needed a loan or a permanent move to get things going again. Fortunately, it seems Udinese are offering him that opportunity.

Mari struggled in his opening Premier League fixtures of the campaign, as Arsenal lost to Brentford and Chelsea.

Combine that with Gabriel Magalhaes’ strong form and Ben White settling in quickly alongside him, and it’s not hard to see why Mikel Arteta has been opting for others.

Arsenal's Spanish defender Pablo Mari celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Europa League 1st Round Group B football match between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 3, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish defender Pablo Mari celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Europa League 1st Round Group B football match between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 3, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

At the same time, the only way for Mari to turn things around is to get back playing again – something he hasn’t yet had the chance to do.

Ideally, the defender will start to show his abilities again on loan, and he and Arsenal will be in a stronger position to assess his next steps in the summer.

Previous articleArsenal optimistic Liverpool game will go ahead
Next articleAFTV drop DT & condemn domestic abuse after appeal verdict
Arsenal fan since a young age, now a season ticket holder who enjoys writing, tweeting and making videos about the Gunners.