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Arsenal outcast Pablo Mari wanted by Flamengo in January transfer with Brazilian defender out of Mikel Arteta’s plans

LOSING Copa Libertadores finalists Flamengo are reportedly plotting a January transfer for Gunners outcast Pablo Mari.

The Arsenal defender has started just two Premier League games so far this campaign.

He is expected to 'consider his options' if his game time does not improve in the coming weeks, according to

Mari's former club Flamengo are interested in a move for the centre-back, but would rather a loan deal to a permanent transfer.

However an immediate stumbling block is the Brazilian outfit cannot afford to pay the 28-year-olds wages.

That would mean the Gunners having to subsidise some of his reported £85,000-a-week wages.

A move to the Rio de Janeiro based club would see him link-up with ex-Arsenal centre-back David Luiz, who joined Flamengo in September as a free agent.

Mari himself joined the North Londoners from Flamengo, initially on loan, in January 2020.


He then signed permanently for the Gunners six-months later in a £14million deal.

But he has played just 22 times for Arsenal in his time at the club and has been hampered by injuries.

The budding partnership at the back between summer signing Ben White and Gabriel means Mari is currently well out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

His only Premier League action this season has been starting the opening two games of the season - both defeats - and the hands of Brentford and Chelsea.

Mari was slammed by Rio Ferdinand in the 2-0 defeat to the Blues for being an 'embarrassment' to the club.

He has not even been named in Arteta's matchday squad for the last eight Prem games.

And his lack of action has led to the Spaniard considering his future.

In an interview last year Mari had said he wanted to be in North London for 'many more years,' however he is now thought to be weighing up a move away.

He previously said: "I’ve been at five clubs over the last four years.

"This is a footballer’s life. If you want to play football and you want to improve [to get to a big club] then every year you need to move.

"Maybe when you find a club that is good for you, then you can stay and improve with that club. I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me.

"I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years."

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Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal star Pablo Mari’s defending against Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku was an embarrassment