Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has been benched for the remainder of the season with a serious ankle injury.
This knock seems to have turned out worse than first feared. Indeed, David Ornstein reporting that the ankle injury will rule Mari out for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
Granit Xhaka was also forced to withdraw against City due to an ankle problem, but his problem isn’t as serious and the midfielder may return to the fold before the season ends
On Wednesday night, when the Spaniard made his second appearance against Manchester City, he was forced to withdraw in the 24th minute.
Mari’s replacement at the Etihad Stadium was David Luiz who endured one of the worst performances of the Premier League in recent memory as the side of Mikel Arteta slumped to a 3-0 defeat.
Before granting a penalty for their second, Luiz made an error for the Citizens’ opening goal, a foul that also earned him a red card. The Brazilian apologized for his woeful display after the game.
The match’s result means that Arsenal is still five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, a position that should be sufficient to qualify for this season’s Champions League due to City’s pending competition ban.
But this failure has further consequences. Former Chelsea man Mari may have played his final game for the club with his contract set to expire at the end of this month.
Mari arrived at the club only in January. He signed a loan deal from Brazilian side Flamengo, with the option of making the move permanent in the summer.
The next game for Arteta and Arsenal is on Saturday, when they travel to Sussex to take on Brighton. After recovering from injury during lockdown, Rob Holding is in contention to feature.