Remember Konstantinos ‘Dinos’ Mavropanos?
The 6ft 4in tall Greek centre-half who Arsene Wenger started against Manchester United at Old Trafford has been away from Arsenal for a while now.
He spent the second half of last season at Nurnberg and played a massive role in helping them avoid relegation. Sven Mislintat, now at Stuttgart, snapped him up on loan in the summer, and Mavropanos has been brilliant there as well.
The Greek defender, labelled as a ‘monster’ and ‘gladiator’ by his manager Pellegrino Matarazzo, had to undergo surgery earlier in the season, but he has been one of Stuttgart’s best players ever since he returned.
Mavropanos has been used as an inverted centre-half in a back-three. That’s not ideal at all for a left-footer, but that hasn’t stopped him from impressing everyone in Germany this season.
Football London reveal that Stuttgart will try their best to extend his loan deal by another year this summer. His stats in the Bundesliga this season show exactly why they are so keen.
Mavropanos: By the numbers
Dinos, as he likes to be called, has played 12 games in the Bundesliga so far this season, starting 10 of them.
He has registered 37 interceptions, 31 tackles, 38 clearances and has committed zero errors leading to a goal. His passing accuracy is decent at almost 80%, and the fact that he is playing in an unorthodox position makes his numbers all the more impressive. (SofaScore)
What next for Mavropanos?
The Greek gladiator has to end the season on a high before returning to London Colney in the summer. Football London claim that Arsenal are keeping a close eye on his development, which could open up a spot in the squad for him next season.
Arsenal will lose David Luiz in the summer unless we offer him a new deal. Calum Chambers’ future is also in doubt considering that he has barely played since his return from injury.
Mavropanos and Saliba could both start the campaign as backups to Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Dinos, still only 23, will be given a chance if he impresses Mikel Arteta. He is doing a fine job at Stuttgart, but the Premier League is a completely different ball game, and he will have to come in ready to face the storm if he wants to remain an Arsenal player.