What Pablo Mari’s Brentford appearance means for Flamengo
Arsenal’s opening day stutter
Pablo Mari started in the heart of the Arsenal defence in their season-opening fixture against Brentford, alongside new boy Ben White.
The Gunners could not begin their new season in the winning fashion that they ended the last, falling to a lacklustre 2-0 defeat to the latest Premier League addition. Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard ensured that the home fans were left ecstatic, and the Arsenal fans incandescent.
While they were poor all over the pitch, one position that came in for particular criticism was the defence, with the Gunners demonstrating that their soft underbelly has not gone away despite the 50 million pound acquisition of White.
Jamie Carragher was less than impressed with Arsenal’s defending this evening! 😬 pic.twitter.com/biSANytGfM
— 90min (@90min_Football) August 13, 2021
Next to him, Pablo Mari also struggled. The Spaniard looked uncomfortable on the ball and often struggled to cope with Brentford’s intensely high press, not helped by some poor distribution from his goalkeeper.
Pablo Mari radiating apprehension. His skittishness feels like it must be contagious.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) August 13, 2021
With Gabriel out for weeks still as a result of a knee injury, Arsenal fans and fellow players alike will be hoping that Mari can regain some of the composure that he showed last season.
Arsenal to pay Flamengo for Mari
In another hit of sweet irony, it was Mari’s appearance last night that has, per Globo, forced Arsenal to shell out additional money to Flamengo. Mari joined the club in January 2020, in a deal worth 8 million euros up front.
However, Flamengo and Arsenal also agreed on a clause that entitles the Brazilian outfit to one million euros every time Mari makes 10 appearances for the club, up to a total of 80 appearances (8 million euros).
In total, therefore, Mari could end up costing the Gunners 16 million euros were he to make 80 appearances for the club.
Will he prove value for money?