As someone who made an assured and winning debut in Brazil’s Maracana stadium, it’s clear Pablo Mari has the temperament to master the big occasion.
Four months after his Flamengo debut in July, Mari became the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores before clinching the league title a day later.
Mari earned a place in the Serie A team of the season as Flamengo became the first Brazilian team to win the Libertadores and league in the same year since Pele’s Santos in 1963.
“It was like a party every game, just amazing,” Arsenal’s on-loan defender told Sky Sports News.
“I was so happy to play there for six months. As a football player (in Brazil) you feel everybody loves you like crazy.
“We arrived back in Rio after the Libertadores and 1.5m people were on the streets waiting for us. It was crazy. Until this moment I had never won anything so it was a special six months.”
He made his Premier League debut last month in the final game before lockdown measures were implemented – a clean sheet in the home win against West Ham.
“We played well. I have a lot of things to learn but I think my football can be really good with the Arsenal,” Mari said.
“I hope the club and I can go at the end (of the season) with good things to do the permanent transfer. We will see what happens because at the moment with the virus it is difficult.”
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Source: News update