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Arsenal set for Mari backlash

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is set to spend the rest of the season on loan with Udinese.

The move has been agreed, but has not yet been officially announced, because the Gunners are expecting a backlash from some of their rivals, and also some media pundits with vested interests and ties to certain broadcasters.

It follows the decision of the Premier League to allow their request for the weekend’s North London derby to be postponed because the Gunners argued that, due to injuries, Covid and AFCON absentees, they did not have enough fit layers.

Critics argued that, if that were the case, they should not have allowed both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Flo Balogun to leave on loan this month, and the Mari decision will provide more ammunition with which to attack the club.

The 28-yesar old Spanish defender has been starved of game time under Mikel Arteta this season and is very much surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

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