Boss confirms Konstantinos Mavropanos is set to join Arsenal

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Following earlier reports, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club are set to sign Konstantinos Mavropanos, but says that the 20 year old will be sent out on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Greek defender will join from PAS Giannina, and could be sent to Werder Bremen to allow him to develop further.

Asked if Mavropanos was close to joining at his post-game press conference last night, Wenger said, “Yes, but he is not ready to play for us.

“We will give him out on loan.”

On the basis of some of our defending in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, we should probably hang onto him, but it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on during his loan spell.

It’s a path shared by another recent signing, Takuma Asano, now in his second season with Stuttgart. The Japanese striker has found goals tough to come by though, scoring just once in 18 appearances in this current campaign.

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