Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Mar 2020 2:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Pablo Mari impressed on his Arsenal debut against Portsmouth in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed Pablo Mari is in contention to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal against West Ham on Saturday.The January loan recruit from Flamengo impressed during his first competitive appearance for his new club during Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.Mari partnered David Luiz at the heart of Arsenal’s defence in the absence of Shkodran Mustafi, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who scored the opening goal, was shunted out to right-back with Hector Bellerin rested. ‘Well he has recovered really well from the game,’ said Arteta when asked if Mari could feature against the Hammers. ‘He had 45 minutes with the Under-23s four days before that game. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He played 90 minutes, he said he’s physically good, he trained well and I think he’s ready to play if we need him to on Saturday. ‘ Mikel Arteta drops Pablo Mari selection hint ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lucas Torreira faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Portsmouth (Picture: Getty)Arteta will, however, be without the services of Lucas Torreira after it was confirmed the Uruguay international midfielder had suffered a fractured ankle against the League One side. ‘We don’t actually know the extent of the injury,’ confirmed the head coach during his pre-match press conference. ‘He needs to see the specialist tomorrow here in London and then we will know more about it.’Kieran Tierney, however, should be back soon to bolster a squad which has been badly affected by injuries this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Scotland international, a £25million summer signing from Celtic, suffered a serious shoulder injury in the corresponding fixture against West Ham in December but has finally returned to full first team training this week. ‘He’s done two or three complete sessions, he’s feeling more and more confident with contact around him and hopefully he will join in the squad soon,’ Arteta added.MORE: How Bruno Fernandes convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign him for Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal issue worrying Lucas Torreira injury updateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more