Arsenal set to offload 28-year-old defender in January

By | December 30, 2021

Flamengo are keen to re-sign Arsenal centre-back, Pablo Mari, in January, according to a report.

The Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium in recent months, with the North London giants, thriving with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of their backline.

Mari has failed to even make the bench for the Mikel Arteta’s side’ last eight Premier League games, and a mid-season departure has unsurprisingly been mooted.

According to football.london, Brazilian heavyweights Flamengo are hoping to welcome Mari back to South America after he played a vital player in their 2019 Copa Libertadores triumph.

The report claims that Mari will consider an exit from the team if his playing situation does not strengthen, despite recently affirming his desire to stay at the Emirates for “many years”.

The 28-year-old boasts a solitary goal from 22 appearances in an Arsenal shirt, and his current contract with the Gunners expires in 2024.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set to prioritise securing the services of a new forward in the winter and summer transfer windows.

The North London giants have supposedly decided against offering French attacker Alexandre Lacazette a new deal, with the 30-year-old now set to walk away on a free when his current contract expires in 2022.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also only under contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2023, while the futures of Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah and are both unclear.