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Arsenal agree a £14 million deal for a defender

Arsenal have wrapped up a deal for the Flamengo defender, Pablo Mari, who is currently on loan at the Emirates Stadium.

The 26-year-old, who joined Arsenal in the January transfer window, suffered an ankle ligament damage in the first game after the break.

However, according to Daily Mail, the Gunners are ready to pay around £14 million as it was agreed with the Brazilian club.

The Spaniard injured his ankle in the game against Manchester City on Wednesday evening and while the medical staff are still assessing the best course of action, they expect that Mari will be out of action for at least four months.

Since Mari's arrival to north London, Mikel Arteta's side have paid a fee of €5m (£4.5m) for his services. But the Gunners needed a new defender as their problems at the backline get deeper and deeper.

However, the 26-year-old Spaniard played just 114 minutes in the Premier League since arriving.

The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc with his first months in London and then in his opening game back, he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

Despite getting injured for that long, Arteta still look to add him to Arsenal ranks.

In terms of his passing, Mari looks as though he'll suit the Gunners going forward. He has completed 85% of his passes in his three games for Arsenal, a number that eclipses every defender at the club apart from Sokratis.

Arsenal have struggled with defensive issues for several seasons, but given Mari lack of game time for the club it is still unclear whether he will be the solution for their problems.

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