Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is set to miss the rest of the season through injury, according to David Ornstein.
Pablo Mari to Miss Remainder of the Season
Tough Loan Spell
The 26-year-old has endured a tough spell since moving to The Emirates in January.
Mari joined the Gunners initially on loan, with a view to making the move permanent. There had been rumours of Mikel Arteta wanting to make his move permanent; however, that stance may have now changed.
Since joining Arsenal, Mari has made just two appearances for the first-team, one of which was there defeat to Manchester City in their first game following the Premier League restart.
It was a terrible evening for Mari and his team-mates in the soaked Etihad Stadium. Not only did they whimper to a 3-0 defeat, but the 26-year-old was also joined in the injury room by Granit Xhaka.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Spaniard sustained significant ligament damage in his ankle. It is likely that he will require surgery.
Xhaka, meanwhile, is likely to be back before the end of the season, despite suffering an ankle injury.
How Will Arsenal Cope Without Pablo Mari?
The Spaniard’s injury is likely to be felt more severely due to David Luiz’s red card in the defeat to Manchester City.
Luiz was handed a straight red for bringing down Riyad Mahrez in the box, meaning he will be unavailable for their next three games.
As a result, it means that Mikel Arteta will be down to the bare bones for their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
According to David Ornstein, Rob Holding could feature in the Gunners side at the Amex Stadium. The 24-year-old last featured in their 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth in January.
Nonetheless, when the season ends and the transfer window opens, fixing the defence is likely to be the main priority for Mikel Arteta.
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