In terms of Arsenal’s up-and-coming defenders, William Saliba is currently the player most in the spotlight.
However, another young centre-back who’s been on the fringes of the Gunners first team is now starting to make a real name for himself on loan.
Konstantinos Mavropanos has been on Arsenal’s books since January 2018, joining from Greek outfit PAS Giannina for just under £2million.
However, he has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates, largely due to injuries, and to date, he has just eight competitive senior appearances under his belt.
Considering Arsenal extended Mavropanos’ contract to 2023 just last summer, it suggests the Gunners hierarchy and coaches haven’t written him off just yet.
Last season, Mavropanos spent time on loan at German second-tier side Nurnberg, making 13 appearances in all competitions and helping the club survive relegation.
And this season, the 6ft 4in ace has been on loan with Stuttgart, impressing in his 14 appearances for the Bundesliga club.
According to football.london, Mavropanos has played 919 minutes for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this season, managing a 79.9 per cent pass accuracy, winning 71 percent of his aerial duels, and claiming one assist.
His efforts have seen him nominated for February’s Bundesliga Rookie of the Month award alongside teammate Silas Wamangituka and Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.
Eduardo Hagn has endorsed Mavropanos, describing the defender as looking “extremely promising” and suggesting he should be a player for Mikel Arteta to consider next season.
“We are in contact with the players and let’s see,” Arteta told football.london recently when asked about some of Arsenal’s loanees.
“It’s good news that they’re playing and good news that they have the possibility to have a lot of minutes, because that’s going to give us a much better perception of where they are and how we can use them.”