• Marí was on Manchester City’s books while Arteta was there
  • Spanish centre-back joined Brazilian club Flamengo in 2019

Arsenal are close to signing the central defender Pablo Marí from Flamengo, in what stands to be the first incoming transfer of the Mikel Arteta era.

The Spanish defender had three seasons as a Manchester City employee from 2016, while Arteta was there, but never played for the club, going on loan to Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruña.

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