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The deal was confirmed via the club's official Twitter account on Wednesday.
David Ornstein of The Athletic first noted the option to buy. The club are also said to be considering another possible loan signing before the January transfer window closes. Together with [head coach] Mikel [Arteta] and his coaching team, we are all looking forward to seeing Pablo in an Arsenal shirt. Calum Chambers is out for the season with an ACL injury, while the likes of David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi have struggled to show any sort of consistency in a challenging campaign.
Rob Holding has also been struggling to regain fitness following his own ACL injury last season Arteta will be hoping that Mari can bring some consistency to the base of the team, having made major improvements during his time with Flamengo. The defender was on Manchester City 's books during Arteta's spell at the club as assistant manager, although he never played a senior game under Pep Guardiola in three years.
After a series of loans, Mari made a move to Brazil in and has kicked on. He played an important role in Flamengo winning the domestic title and the Copa Libertadores, offering authority and composure from his berth in central defence.
Transfer option to buy he's shone for the Brazilian outfit, the Premier League will provide Mari with a different challenge, with the tempo of the game quicker and the forwards he will come up against more physical. With that in mind, it makes sense for Arsenal to take a look at him on loan before deciding on whether to make the signing permanent.