According to a report from Football London, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will not keep hold of Konstantinos Mavropanos when he returns from his loan spell this summer.
The Greek defender, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2018, is currently on loan at Stuttgart. He has been absolutely phenomenal for them since the start of this season – so much so that his manager, Pellegrino Matarazzo, has been singing praises of him all season.
The Stuttgart boss said in February, as per Football London: “He’s our gladiator! He’s a monster in terms of physique. And when he makes a mistake, he hums around some Greek swear words. I like that. He’s just a tough dog.”
Some Arsenal fans have been keeping track of Mavropanos’ stellar displays out on loan. Many feel that he deserves a chance at Arsenal, but if the report is to be believed, he will not be given one.
The report claims that Arteta is only planning to reintegrate William Saliba back into his squad. Mavropanos, on the other hand, is surplus to requirements, and it is claimed that he will either be loaned out again or be sold.
Football.London revealed a few weeks ago that the Greek defender is not short of any offers. Clubs across Europe are reportedly monitoring Mavropanos’ situation and they are expected to pounce if Arsenal don’t plan on keeping him.
The Insider’s View:
Mavropanos has been really good for Stuttgart this season. Despite being left-footed, he has played most of his football on the right-side of a back-three, and he has fared incredibly well there for Die Roten.
With David Luiz expected to move on this summer, there will be a spot open for a new central defender. Saliba is the obvious option for that role, but Mavropanos deserves a chance as well.
Arteta shouldn’t write off the Greek gladiator just yet. He should have a closer look at him in pre-season, and if Mavropanos can show the Arsenal boss how much he has improved in Germany, he could well save his Gunners career.