Arsenal defender set to leave as Mikel Arteta agrees move

Mikel Arteta agrees to Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos going out on loan

Despite struggling with his options at the back, Mikel Arteta has sanctioned the loan move of Dinos Mavropanos to Nurnberg, according to Bild.

The Greek defender joined Arsenal just before the end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure and the French manager had high hopes of him becoming a defence stalwart in North London.

He started his career very well, but he got sent off against Leicester City and has become a sort of forgotten man since.

He has started just the match against Standard Liege this season and looks set to play no role again in the first team.

Mikel Arteta knows the 22-year-old needs all the game time he can get this season if he is to develop further and the Spaniard has decided to allow him to leave on loan.

Nurnberg was not the only team looking to sign him this month with Hannover, Stuttgart and Werder Bremen also eyeing him, but Arsenal has decided that Nurnberg would be the best place for him at this moment.

Mavropanos will be hoping he can stay injury-free for the rest of the campaign as he has spent almost half of his two years as an Arsenal player on the treatment table.

The Greek defender is set to complete his medical and sign his temporary deal with the Germans on Monday.

9 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    Great, because Mavropanos is not ready for EPL yet and he needs game time

    This could mean Mustafi would stay till the end of the season, since Holding is not match-fit yet

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @gotanidea
      I think he’s ready for the EPL. It seems he suffers from lack of Co fidence after a couple of error prone matches. This loan deal ought to sort that out and I’m hoping he’ll be back with us ready to rock. Because he does seem to have potential. Here’s hoping…

      1. gotanidea says:

        I hope so

    2. James says:

      No! mustafi has to go hes not willing to learn from his mistakes and tbat should worry everyone. Backing away is part of his game he just cant belp it. The highlight for me was vs Chelsea when 19 yr old Matteo shouted at him not to back away but mystafi ignored him! Matteo just gave up at that moment

    3. Austin Osemwegie says:

      I disagree. He (mav) and Rob Holding are the best defenders we have. Saddle him with that responsibility and see this young man grow.

  2. Jo-Gunz says:

    It’s in the best interest of all parties. Especially the player and Arsenal

  3. ACE says:

    If Mustafi leaves(as being
    speculated) then MA will have
    only Luiz, Socratis and Holding to
    rotate as first team CB’s. 2 players
    North of 30, and an often injured
    Englishmen. The numbers, as well as
    the collective quality simply doesnt
    add up. If AFC is serious about
    making a run in the FA Cup and EL how
    in the world can the board knowingly
    ignore this crisis and refuse to
    financially support MA in this
    window?

    Even in Mustafi stays, Arsenal need
    at the VERY mininum a Top CB to
    strengthen numbers and bring quality
    to the position.

    I concede that January is a difficult
    window to do business but for once
    couldn’t AFC act like the BIG CLUB
    they pretend to be and shock the fan
    base with an Ake, Koulibaly, Dunk
    Upamecano, Demiral like signing.

    As always I will wait with baited
    breath.

    1. Restless says:

      The board did that with Pepe by surprising the fans. The best player is not usually the most expensive. Remember Van Ser Ser from Fulham to Man Utd? Aubameyang from Rennes to Borussia Dortmund? Mehrez to Leicester? VVD to Southampton from Celtic? Jerome Boateng is still world class and is reportedly available for a free. Rejected by City he went to Bayern to make a name for himself. He does well with his back to the wall. If we can get him without a fee and can bring down his reported €200k/weekly salary to say €125-150k weekly I will support the move for the 18 months balance of his contract. Plus he has EPL experience. Bayarn will not likely loan him until the summer given his age. Whoever wants him might have to buy him outright.

  4. GB says:

    Mustafi needs to be actually wanted by anoher team before he can leave🤭

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