Wasn't even thinking of that. Makes a good point, why Jimbei would not want Luffy and Hodi mixing it up. Because he sees Luffy as 1 of those rare few like Kaola. But with Luffy already beating Arlong, I don't see it as making that much more of a difference, either way.
Guess a deal with the Marines also explains why Arlong was left alone in EB, but wonder if this all leading to The SH's to see see the Marines and WG as powers that need to be defeated?