Konstantinos Mavropanos has spent the season on loan with Nurnberg in the German second tier, but is attracing interest from a number of Bundesliga sides.
The defender joined Arsenal from Turkish Super League side PAS Giannina in January 2018, and went onto pick up eight first-team appearances in all competitions for our side, despite his age.
The 22 year-old was then allowed to join Nurnberg in January in order to gain some regular football, and he has impressed in Germany, helping his struggling relegation-threatened side to keep three clean sheets in his 10 outings thus far.
The DailyMail now claims that five teams in the German top tier are eyeing a deal to sign the Greek defender, but Mikel Arteta may have other ideas.
Our club is believed to be on the lookout for defensive additions in the coming window, with question marks over the future of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding.
Pablo Mari is expected to have his loan deal made permanent, while we are expecting big things from William Saliba who is set to return from his loan deal with St Etienne, but should the above all leave, we would be short at the back.
Mavroponos may well be viewed as one who could challenge for minutes at the club next term, although any reasonable offers will have to be considered with the club’s finances under the spotlight also, with the Coronavirus pandemic having brought significant losses to the club.
Does Arteta need to take a closer look at KM? Could he be the next big thing?
No, let him for a full season as Nelson should have been blowing up in Germany instead to stay benched ..
If we don’t play him, it’s a waist of talent, time and money…
Soon he left, his career takes off, aa Nelson last year’s..
Might be a good idea to put a buy back option this time!
Definitely! Because he can’t be any worse than what we’ve been seeing every week. Its amazing to think that we have so many CB’s and not one of them is any good.
He needs to be tested at a higher level before we can fully evaluate the guy.Loan him out to one of the top tier German sides next season.Ideally he should be at Arsenal pushing for a first team place, but we are unfortunately saddled with Sokratis and Mustafi who we seem unable to move on.Who in their right mind would pay more than 10m for either of them?.Holding is probably the most marketable of our centre backs and it would not surprise me if he is sold in the summer.He looked really promising prior to his injury but he has struggled since his return and needs to concentrate on playing the simple pass rather than attempting something more speculative.He is an intelligent CB who is our best in terms of aerial power but like the others on our books, he lacks pace which is essential at the highest level.
If we sell him I hope Arsenal inserts a buy back clause
Keep him and loan him out to a Prem side or Bundesliga side. I know it’s ‘only Bundesliga 2’ but Nurnberg played in the Bundesliga last year and he’s already outperforming his defensive partner who had played a full season in the Bundesliga.
Also, on Whoscored, he’s rated 7.3 after ten games. He’s too good for that level and deserves a step up on loan to show what he’s about.