Arsenal fans have been going crazy over Pablo Mari after the club confirmed the completion of his long-awaited transfer from Brazilian side Flamengo, leading to comparisons with other big centre-back signings.
In a short video posted on their Twitter account, the north London outfit welcomed the 26-year-old, who has joined on an initial loan deal. The move has experienced its ups and downs on the way to completion with the defender having arrived for a medical before returning to Brazil. That was followed by a report from ESPN which claimed a deal had collapsed after the Serie A side opposed the terms laid out by the Emirates Stadium giants.
One fan showed his appreciation for the centre-half by comparing him to Harry Maguire.
better than Maguire
— Renato (@rehnato) January 29, 2020
Mari isn’t a stranger to English supporters after he completed a permanent transfer to Manchester City from Spanish side Gimastic for just £180k back in 2016 (via Transfermarkt). Fans were left lavishing the player with praise after his move to the team was confirmed as they reacted. Here is a selection of tweets from the north London faithful:
Better than Sergio Ramos
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) January 29, 2020
Welcome to the club 🥳 soon the best cb in the prem
— Abubakar 🇸🇴 (@Abubakar_m0) January 29, 2020
SIUUUUU we got the best CB in the league 🐐😍
— KolasiTANK🎖️ (@badboykola) January 29, 2020
We welcome a winner pic.twitter.com/ZGGPCQ8oXD
— s.i (@Mystic__SI) January 29, 2020
Pablo > Van Djik
— Draw Specialist FC (@Jackleo4Stein) January 29, 2020
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