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Arsenal will pay Flamengo £15.5m to turn Pablo Mari’s loan into a permanent move despite the player hardly featuring before picking up an injury that will require surgery.
Before arriving at Arsenal, Mari had missed just nine games through injury in his entire career. That’s the same number the 26-year-old will miss for Arsenal this season after just 204 minutes on the pitch for the Gunners as he proved he is made of pure Arsenal DNA.
The injury that he picked up against City on Wednesday will require surgery to repair his ankle problem.
However, his parent club have confirmed his move to Arsenal will become permanent.