Arsenal have already made business in the transfer window, but bought a player you might not have heard of yet. Konstantinos Mavropanos is a 20 year old center back from Greece, hailing at 6’4″. He is considered one of the top prospects in the Greece league, having a total of 3 goals in 15 games and multiple flashes of potential while he plays. But the real question is, why did we sign him in the first place?
Arsenal already has center backs consisting of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker, Calum Chambers, and Rob Holding in the senior team. In the U23s, Arsenal have Tolaji Bola, Kristopher Da Graca, Zechariah Medley, and Joseph Olowu. The only real reason why Arsene Wenger made this signing was most likely for securing the future. Not many of the U23 players have really stuck out, and Mavropanos seems to be a player that could improve quicker than the rest of the youngsters. Also, due to older age from Koscielny, Mertesacker, and Monreal, Arsenal are going to be in need for young and promising center backs.
Mavropanos is a tall and physical player, not afraid to go head first to the ball. Another good thing about him is that he is somewhat pacey for a 6’4″ giant. His size and quickness could be dual-threats for any striker in the Premier League. Mavropanos has been very well-liked in the Greek eyes and is dubbed to be the “next Kostas Manolas”, but will he? Only time can tell.
Reports also say that Wenger is going to put Mavropanos out on loan for his first season. “I do not think that he is ready to play for us yet” are the words from the 21 year Arsenal manager. Reports suggest that Werder Bremmen are to approach the youngster for a 1-year loan deal, and only time can tell to determine if or when that happens. Personally, I believe that Werder Bremmen would not be a bad fit for Mavropanos because they have the reputation of breeding good players. Take for example Miroslav Klose and Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker.
Below is a highlight video I found of Kostantinos Mavropanos, leave a comment in the comment section below, I would love to hear your thoughts: