Going into the Premeir league match against Sheffield United last Sunday, Arsenal had failed to maintain a single Cleansheet in their previous 15 matches on a trot. However the introduction of Mari and Holding in the centre back position, would prove decisive as the pair remained solid in defense to ensure the gunners recorded an emphatic 3-0 win at Bramall Lane.
After the Match, we expected Arteta to reshuffle his central defense the way he has been doing for most of this season. However he would stick with the pair who went on to reward their managers trust in them by producing another solid display in the back as Arsenal cruised 4-0 past Czech outfits Slavia Prague to secure their spot in the Europa league semi finals.
Although the pair have formed a formidable partnership in the back, it's clear that Mari is the better of the two. His tall figure makes him a threat in the air and he went ahead to win 100% aerial duels in their match against Slavia Prague showcasing his incredible aerial prowess.
Despite the fact that the Former Flamengo Defender has made a few appearances for Arsenal this campaign, his defensive abilities are just remarkable and was witnessed in their previous two successive matches where they have not conceded with his presence in the heart of defense.
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