Rivaldo praises Arsenal man with ‘good passing skills’ and backs him to shine

Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has had nothing but compliments for one of Arsenal’s latest additions as the Gunners look to finish the remainder of the season on a high.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had no choice but to sign a new centre-back in the January transfer window after seeing key defender Calum Chambers go down with a knee injury.

Despite what threatened to be a roller-coaster transfer saga, the Gunners managed to secure the services of Pablo Mari before the winter transfer window was closed.

The Spaniard was not fit enough to be selected for the squad which visited Burnley in the Premier League prior to the mid-season break in Dubai.

However, Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has given the Arsenal faithful a few more reasons to be excited about the prospect of Mari playing in the famous red and white shirt.

According to Rivaldo, the 26-year-old is a player who boasts all the necessary skills to shine in Mikel Arteta’s system.

“I think Pablo Mari will fit in very well at Arsenal and in the Premier League,” Rivaldo said, as quoted by the Evening Standard

“He is a good player that struggled to impose himself in Europe as a loaned player of Man City for a while, but he really convinced people being part of a great Flamengo team last season.

“He is very complete as a defender – capable of bringing the ball forward when necessary and a threat on set pieces. He has good passing skills as well and I liked what I saw from him.

“In Brazil, everyone has good opinion about him, and he could be a very successful option for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.”

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