Mari close to Udinese move but Arsenal squad boosted by returns

The Spaniard has not played for the club since September and is keen for more minutes.

Mari’s departure decreases Arsenal’s squad size, but their numbers have also been boosted after midfielder Miguel Azeez and striker Tyreece John-Jules returned from their loan spells at Portsmouth and Blackpool respectively.

Under Premier League postponement regulations, the pair would qualify as “appropriately experienced under-21 players” after featuring for EFL clubs during the current campaign.

“Blackpool Football Club can confirm that Arsenal have recalled Tyreece John-Jules from his loan spell with the Seasiders,” Blackpool confirmed in a statement on Monday evening.

“The forward departs Bloomfield Road having made 12 appearances in tangerine this season. The Club would like to thank Tyreece for his efforts and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

Earlier on Monday, Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley said of Azeez: “We’ve got a brilliant relationship with Arsenal and have been in regular contact with them throughout the loan.

“I believe this has been a fantastic stepping stone in Miguel’s journey – moving into a senior environment and playing League One football.

“I have absolutely no doubt that he’ll go on to become a top player and this will have been an important part of his development.

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is close to joining Serie A side Udinese on loan

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“He leaves here a better player and hopefully a better person. We’ve been impressed with his focus and commitment to improve.

“There are some areas of his game that are beyond this level and other areas that he needs to keep working at, as with any young player.

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