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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nelsonCOYG
nelsonCOYG

Never heard of him lets hope the new scouts get of to a flyer !

On another not i liked asano he reminds me alot of okazaki a hardworker important to the team but unfortunately not getting the goals, can’t based on his current form see much future at arsenal.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Thank goodness the days have gone when someone started the chant Give us a K,Give us an O etc.

RedSky
RedSky

Funny!

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

Although based on our current form maybe he will…

Indian+Gooner
Indian+Gooner

Couldn’t sign Kostas Manolas (Konstantinos Manolas)..so let us sign someone who sounds similar to him atleast.?
Jokes apart.. it is always good to sign good young defenders and then develop them. Welcome to Arsenal young man.

MartyParty
MartyParty

“develop them” haha

Glasgow_Gooner
Glasgow_Gooner

Could be looking at a few years of development 1st but hopefully it’s not needed.

Mein Bergkampf

Ha ha. Development. Good one.

Bould:
“No we can’t use him Arsene, he’s still not panicking enough.”

A Promising Prospect
A Promising Prospect

Wenger:
”Steve, we‘ll just play him out of position.“

Goonsquad
Goonsquad

Always good to get your internal solutions in place early.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

This is a bit of a weird one considering we’ve already got Chambers + Holding. Centre back is really a position you grow into with age…and who do we have between age 22 (C + H) and 32 (Kos)?

Someone who nearly left us at the start of the season. If we don’t get a top level defender in the summer, I don’t know what is Wenger and the back room staff planning for

Reginald

We need one this January if not season will be over. I mean top 4 pursuit. Don’t rate Chambers and Holding tbh

Gunnerer
Gunnerer

Agree totally. Chambers and holding lack the pace and physicality needed to regularly play at least as of now. And we are one injury away from a CAB crisis situation. A Jan investment in an experienced CB is vital. Can’t even delay it in summer.

sambo
sambo

I agree with you. Again they lack pace! they lack athleticism, they lack understanding and experience at the top level. Kos can just about manage two games a week and he’s now suffering. Chambers and Holding would not get into any of the top 6 first teams…With a planet of 6 billion + people we cant find 4 physically dominant runners with brains? for 75 million you could grow one in a laboratory and train them from birth lol.

Mpls
Mpls

Based on the last two matches, Chambers has got some work to do to convince he’s got a future with the Arsenal.

Tim
Tim

Aside from having a difficult night last night, I thought Chambers has been doing well.

RedSky
RedSky

Because of injury he isn’t had many opportunities to play. When he has, amongst some good work he’s looked very error prone and is slow on the chase once beaten. Time will tell. I’m less positive than I used to be. Holding looks a better prospect but is also very slow.

Antgoon
Antgoon

Our defending has become seriously worrying even with kos. Our brilliant attacking football was ruined by some rediculous defending in the last three matches

Reginald

Yeah defense is porous shipping goals every game. Need to go into the market and buy top CB just like Liverpool did with VVD. Chambers and Holding aren’t good. Kolscieny is declining massively too

Julian+Gooner
Julian+Gooner

Even a top CB won’t fix us. We need some new defensive coaching.

SizC
SizC

No nacho!

Lula
Lula

Fine.

George
George

Pretty much.

#MAGA
#MAGA

Vik Akers has his work cut out for him there!

Don Jones
Don Jones

One of the things I’ve always liked about Wenger is when he buys players no ones heard of & turns them into stars.Vierra & Henry were both bench warmers before coming to Arsenal & how many of us had heard of Koscielny before he arrived so I’m curious about this one.Still struggling to figure out why Gabriel was sold.Okay,not the greatest but Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season & Kos’s advancing years means Gabriel was handy to have around in a crisis.Imagine if Kos ends up with a Cazorla type injury at the end of the season.Reasonable job done last night,when I saw the line up I cringed but pleased at half time,maybe not so much at the end.We need a Don Howe type defensive coach quickly!

ronaldo
ronaldo

good old wenger, buying a player we don’t need, still its only to be expected from someone like him

ronaldo
ronaldo

that’s our transfer business done for january