Arsenal must pay close to £1m if they make selection decision vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal could be made to pay for Mikel Arteta’s team selection against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners go into the game well placed to secure all three points following a recent run of four consecutive victories in all competitions, three of which have come in the Premier League.

The Spanish boss has overseen the impressive run after going seven league matches without victory, something that left him in danger of losing his job just months after winning the FA Cup.

However, should Arteta pick Pablo Mari to take on Roy Hodgson’s men at the Emirates, it is set to cost the club in the region of £1m due to a clause in his initial contract.

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte have reported that Arsenal have to pay Flamengo a bonus of around £900,000 every time Mari makes 10 appearances, up to a maximum of 80 outings.

Since his initial loan deal was struck in January of 2020, the 27-year-old has made nine appearances.

In addition, the financial reports of Flamengo have revealed that the initial £7m loan fee was doubled when the deal was made permanent, with another £3.5m being paying for unknown reasons.

Arteta said of the former Manchester City man earlier this week: “We had to throw him in because we had some injuries, suspensions and probably it was not even fair for him because he has missed a lot of football in the last year.

But he is a leader. He is someone who trains really hard, he is really professional.

“He is a great communicator on the pitch and he gives you some security, some stability.

“He has done really well with Rob [Holding], he was really good again on Saturday with David [Luiz]. Three clean sheets in a row and he fully deserves his chance to play.”

Adding: “He is really positive.

“When he wasn’t playing, when he was injured, when is playing, all the time he is the same person, trying to help everybody.

“He is really professional, really eager to improve, to be at his best all the time in any capacity and any role. He is getting rewarded for his attitude.”

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