With reports indicating that talks to sign Pablo Mari have stalled, Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to sign the Fluminense defender.
Mari flew from Brazil to London on Saturday alongside Arsenal technical director Edu but the deal has stalled with Fluminense wanting a permanent transfer but the Gunners are interested in a loan deal.
Calum Chambers is out for the rest of the season injured and David Luiz is suspended for the next two games leaving just Sokratis and Holding as the central options for Mikel Arteta.
Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport, Ferdinand urged Arsenal to sign the Spanish defender, "This is where Mikel Arteta needs to do something different to the Arsenal managers in the last eight or nine years – buy a decent centre-half.
"Buy someone who can come in and be a mainstay and you go, 'actually wow, he’s made us better'. Because I haven’t seen one come in since [Laurent] Koscielny.
"If that’s the player [Mari] that Mikel Arteta wants and he deems him the man who’s going to come in and shore up the defence, I think he deserves that.
"You’ve invested in him as a manager, you need to invest in his ideas as a manager in the transfer market, too."
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