Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat has revealed what Konstantinos Mavropanos has told him about his Arsenal future.
The Greek defender joined Die Schwaben on a season-long loan deal last summer. Apart from an injury that required surgery earlier this season, his spell in Germany has been a hugely successful one.
He has been one of Stuttgart’s best players this season. Arsenal fans are really excited about seeing him return to the Emirates, but it looks like he is not interested in coming back unless Mikel Arteta promises him a first-team role next term.
Mislintat told BILD: “He (Mavropanos) says very clearly – if he doesn’t play a role in Arsenal’s planning, he wants to stay with us. That’s an awesome statement, and it helps us. A lot has been set up for an extension to work.”
Should Arteta give Mavropanos a chance?
Arsenal will likely be without David Luiz next season. The Brazilian will soon be out of contract, and his recent injury woes could make Edu and Arteta decide against giving him a new deal.
That would open up a spot at the back but it’s still not straightforward for Mavropanos. William Saliba will also return from his loan spell this summer, and considering that Arsenal forked out £27 million (BBC) for the Frenchman, keeping hold of him might just be the more sensible option.
That really is a shame as Mavropanos deserves a chance too.
The Greek international has all the traits to succeed at the highest level, and his performances for Stuttgart this season show that he is ready to play regularly in a top league.
If Mislintat’s words are anything to go by, Mavropanos is adamant that he will not come back if he isn’t a part of Arteta’s plans. That makes it likely to see him gone this summer – either on another loan or on a permanent deal.