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Pablo Mari sends message to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after completing Arsenal loan move

Pablo Mari has explained what it was like to play against Premier League opposition in Liverpool.

The defender has been confirmed as Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window, after putting pen-to-paper on a loan deal from Flamengo until the end of the season.

Mari helped the Brazilian side win the Serie A title and the Copa Libertadores last season, as well as impressing in the Fifa Club World Cup final against Liverpool.

The Spanish centre-back helped his team keep a clean sheet against Jurgen Klopp’s side, before the Reds eventually scored in extra-time to win the trophy.

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But speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Mari said his experience of facing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should hold him in good stead for his Premier League career.

“It was a great experience [to face those players],” he said.

“It was really exciting to play against a big club and I think I performed really well.

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“At the end of the day, they’re [Salah and Mane] just people like everyone else.

“Obviously they’re in great form at the moment and they’re among the best players in the world, but we also have a fantastic team with top players.

“This is football and that’s the way you have to look at it. You have to compete against every side, whether it’s Liverpool or any other club in the world.

“I have a lot of faith in this great club, Arsenal, and I know we’re going to do very well.”