Comment Pablo Mari becomes Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Pablo Mari after Flamengo confirmed the departure of the Spanish defender.The impending arrival of the 26-year-old will represent the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign as head coach and will provide him with much needed defensive cover.Mari was signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2016 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League champions and was sent out on loan to Girona, NAC and Deportivo, before joining Brazilian giants Flamengo.Mari played a pivotal role in Flamengo’s recent Copa Libertadores success and starred against Liverpool in last month’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are due to welcome William Saliba back from his loan spell at St Etienne at the end of the season but Arteta is short of options at the heart of his defence with Shkodran Mustafi now on the treatment table after he picked up an ankle sprain during Monday’s win at Bournemouth.Chegou a hora de nos despedirmos desse zagueiro que chegou ao Flamengo para deixar a sua marca na nossa história com os títulos da Conmebol Libertadores e do Campeonato Brasileiro. Pablo Marí, obrigado por tudo. 👏🏆🇪🇸#CRF pic.twitter.com/z5skwsimzO— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 29, 2020 Advertisement Flamengo confirm departure of Arsenal transfer target Pablo Mari Calum Chambers will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Rob Holding has struggled to recapture his best form since recovering from an identical injury which ruled him out for nine months.Mari arrived in London on Saturday, accompanied by Arsenal’s technical director Edu, but returned to Brazil less than 24 hours later amid reports that the deal had broken down.Talks, however, resumed earlier this week and Flamengo were said to be unhappy with Arsenal’s demanding an initial loan move with an option to buy.But according widespread reports in Brazil, Arsenal are said to have reach a compromise and Mari will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the 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 ArsenalArsenal have agreed to pay a loan fee of €5 million (£4.2m) to sign Mari now and the deal includes the option to sign the 26-year-old permanently in the summer.Arteta, meanwhile, remains hopeful of adding one more new signing to his injury-ravaged squad before Friday’s deadline but, given the restricted funds available to him, a loan arrival appears to be his only option.MORE: Arsenal target another loan signing once Pablo Mari transfer is doneMORE: Dani Ceballos unhappy with Mikel Arteta after talks over role at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jan 2020 12:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement
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PITTSBURGH >> The Pirates initiated three challenges in their 6-5 win over the Dodgers on Saturday and won them all. The Dodgers challenged one call on the field and lost.In a one-run game, that mattered a lot.Don Mattingly has never shied away from suggesting changes to the replay system this season, particularly when calls go against the Dodgers and the manager gets on a roll. That’s happened a few times. The Dodgers are 10-19 on challenges this season.The last of the four challenged calls saw Yasiel Puig called out at first base with one out in the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick at second base. Puig was originally ruled safe by first base umpire Mark Wegner because Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez briefly lifted his foot off the bag to catch the throw from third baseman Jung-Ho Kang. Added catcher A.J. Ellis: “They’re going to see what they see. It’s one of those things, every time you watch a challenge you’re so biased toward your own team coming out on top. You look up there and go, ‘There’s daylight there!’ or ‘He tagged him on that right there.’ Both dugouts are probably thinking we’re going to get this call right most of the time, especially most of the really tight ones. It was disheartening to see it go through.”Hernandez finding his nicheKiké Hernandez got a rare start in center field — his third in 20 games since the All-Star break and his sixth this season — against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.It was Hernandez’s 17th start against a southpaw this season, compared to 13 against right-handers. The numbers say that’s a good call: Hernandez drew a walk and hit a home run in his two plate appearances against Liriano, raising his batting average to .408 against lefties this year with eight doubles, two triples and two home runs in 49 plate appearances.“I think Kiké can hit righties,” Mattingly said. “It’s just our situation, the way we’re set up, that’s not his role. I do think that there’s going to be a day when Kiké has a chance to play a whole lot more. I think he’ll hit righties too. It’s been a year the way our team is set up those at-bats aren’t there for him.”Hernandez is hitting .197 against right-handed pitchers this year. When the Pirates went to right-hander Joe Blanton out of the bullpen, left-handed hitter Joc Pederson took over for Hernandez in center field.Mattingly shied away from saying that Hernandez would continue to spell Pederson against left-handed starters, preferring instead to use Hernandez in a super-utility role. Pederson has started 12 games against lefties this year.Also …Justin Turner will be able to slide without restriction once he returns from a skin infection next week, Mattingly said. … Scott Van Slyke’s two-hit game was his first since July 8. His outfield assist was his first since June 30. … The Dodgers’ 55 hits are their most through five games on any road trip this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged the call, a lengthy review followed, and Puig was ruled out.Mattingly reiterated some familiar talking points after this game, using a new tact: sarcasm.“It’s obvious that it’s 100 percent clear and convincing. I’m sure we’ll get a photo at one point that shows (Rodriguez’s) foot was 100 percent on the bag. So within the terms of the rules of ‘clear and convincing,’ I’m sure it is.”Sarcasm there?“No, I’m just sure it’s 100 percent,” Mattingly said. “That replay system is so good that there’s 100 percent turnover there, that means it’s clear and convincing the foot was absolutely on the bag. I’m hoping to get a photo of that.”