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‘A top performance’, ‘Promising’, these Arsenal fans react to 26-year-old’s display vs Portsmouth

A selection of Arsenal fans have heaped praise on Pablo Mari, who had a solid debut for the club against Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Spaniard was paired alongside David Luiz at the heart of the defence on Monday night and the duo produced a dominant display against the League One side as the Gunners registered a 2-0 win.

Mari was impressive in the defensive point of view with six clearances and three blocked shots, as per whoscored, and he was also effective with his distribution.

The centre-back had a passing percentage of nearly 90 and he particularly caught the eye with his long-range distribution. The 26-year-old managed to find his teammates with 13 of the 17 long balls attempted.

Here is how some of the fans reacted to Mari’s debut performance…

Mari had to wait for an entire month to make his debut for the north London side and he managed to leave a good impression on the supporters with his debut showing.

Still, we can’t get carried away with the display, considering the Gunners were up against a League One side, who were completely outplayed during the second half of the Cup tie.

Arsenal are scheduled to face West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend. Mikel Arteta could revert to the combination of Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz in the central defence. Mustafi recently returned to full training after overcoming the knock picked up against Olympiacos.

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