Pablo Mari will not make his Arsenal debut against Newcastle United.
The Spaniard, who joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo during the January transfer window, joined up with the squad for their four-day warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
However, Sunday afternoon’s game at the Emirates Stadium comes too soon for the central defender.
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As revealed by Arsenal.com, Mari is aiming to be available for selection against Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday.
“In full training following transfer from Brazilian pre-season,” a statement reads. “Aiming to be available for selection for Olympiacos (a).”
Mari last played a competitive game in December when his Flamengo side were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool in the final of the Club World Championship which means he is still short of match sharpness.
Fellow loan arrival Cedric Soares will also miss the clash against the Magpies with a knee injury, although he is hoping to be in full training within the next fortnight.
“Left knee. Progressing well with gym work. Aiming to be in full training by the end of February.”
The good news is that head coach Mikel Arteta has been handed a triple injury boost ahead of the visit from Steve Bruce’s side.
Sead Kolasniac and Reiss Nelson who both missed the last four games across all competitions with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively are available for selection.
As is Bukayo Saka after he had to be replaced at half-time during the goalless draw against Burnley before the winter break.
Kieran Tierney is ahead of schedule following a shoulder operation as he is now aiming to be back in full training by the end of the month after his initial return date was March.
That leaves one long-term absentee.
Calum Chambers ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Chelsea just after Christmas. He has since undergone surgery, meaning that he will be out of action for a period of between six to nine months.