Gunners boss Mikel Arteta ‘explains great opportunity’ for new signing Pablo Mari out in Dubai

Mikel Arteta has revealed the warm weather in Dubai will provide the perfect opportunity for Pablo Mari to bond with his new Arsenal team-mates.

Arsenal ended months and months and months of speculation at the backend of the January transfer window by ordering the deal to bring Mari to the club, so that Arteta can help get this dodgy back-line sorted out.

Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week, after the Gunners players flew out to Dubai on Friday and are scheduled to return to north London on February 11

Speaking from Arsenal’s camp, head coach Arteta said: ‘They needed three four days off to relax their minds and recover their bodies.

‘They’ve been through a lot in the last few months and now I think they are ready to have five or six really good training sessions here before we go back to London and focus and prepare as well as we can against Newcastle.

‘This is what I want to create. The new players that we have, it is a great opportunity for them to spend time together with the other players, get to know each other, live together – the same for me with the backroom staff as well. I think it’s going to be a very important break.

‘We suggested Dubai because we have a close relationship with our sponsor, but also because it’s a place where the weather conditions are really good and the players like to come here.

‘We knew most of them were going to come here and relax with their families and be ready for training.

‘Hours together, to spend together, grab a coffee together, to have conversations, to have unit meetings, individual meetings, group meetings about the things we have to achieve and to review what we’ve done.

‘I’ve made a big review of what we’ve done so far in these five or six weeks, the things we can improve, the things that we have improved a lot and that we have to maintain, that we cannot lose now. ‘Hopefully we can make another step forward as a team.’


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