Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos has spoken about his future at the club. The Greek defender is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart from the London club.
The 23-year old joined the Gunners in January 2018 and was one of the last signings of Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss. He made his Premier League debut on 29th April 2018 in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. He received massive praise for his performance that day and was handed his home debut the following week against Burnley.
But since then he has only made eight appearances for the club. He went on loan to Nurnberg for the latter part of last season. He signed a new contract with the Gunners before heading out to join Stuttgart on-loan ahead of this season. And he has done reasonably well for the Bundesliga outfit.
Mavropanos has started 15 out of a possible 28 league games this season. He has a solid WhoScored rating of 7.08 playing as a centre-back this season, as Stuttgart sits mid-table in the league.
Mavropanos on his Arsenal future
The Arsenal loanee recently gave a hint about his future at the club. He revealed his chances of returning back to the Emirates and the possibility of staying in Germany with Stuttgart.
Speaking to the German outlet Bild, Mavropanos said:
“I can’t say that at the moment [if he will return to Arsenal]. Things can change quickly in football. I still have two months here in Stuttgart and would like to end the season with the team as high up as possible.
The door at VfB is open for me [to stay another year]- that’s very good. But I can only think specifically about the future when we have talks with Arsenal for the new season.”
Arteta on Mavropanos’ future at Arsenal
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the future of both Mavropanos and fellow loanee William Saliba’s future at Arsenal. He pointed out by saying that both young defenders are part of his thinking. The Spanish coach said:
“We’re having meetings very often to assess what they’re doing and obviously we’re getting all the information and watching their games, because I want to keep a very close eye on what they’re doing. We were talking for example with Ben Knapper, who is our loan manager, who is in-charge of monitoring everything we are doing and we are in contact with the players. Let’s see.
It’s good news that they are playing and it’s 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.”
It would be difficult for both Saliba and Mavropanos to break into the first-team at Arsenal next season, given the plethora of talent they have at centre-back. They have to dislodge David Luiz, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and even Callum Chambers for the centre-back position. It would be more difficult for Mavropanos than Saliba, as the Frenchman is three years younger than the Greek and has time to develop.