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Pablo Mari wants to stay at Arsenal beyond loan spell

Pablo Mari hopes to stay at Arsenal beyond this season.

The Spanish stopper has signed on a short-term loan deal from Flamengo.

But the Gunners do have an option to make the deal permanent at season's end, which Mari hopes he can make happen with his performances.

He told the club's website: "I'd love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again."

Mari also revealed he wants to emulate his compatriots who have succeeded at Arsenal before him, including manager Mikel Arteta.

He continued: "There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal.

"Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes… they're all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.

"One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he's going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.

"Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That's what I've been working for all these years."

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