Arsenal yesterday confirmed the signing of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. The 20 year old is in London at the moment as the club work out a loan deal, with speculation that he’ll join Werder Bremen for the rest of the season.
It’s a developmental move for the young defender, as Arsene Wenger admits he’s not ready yet for first team action with the Gunners.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday morning, Wenger confirmed both his arrival and his probable departure until the summer.
“He is with us, yes,” he said. “The plan is that he goes out on loan to play somewhere.
“It can be a German club. Where he plays, it doesn’t really matter, but I prefer that he plays at the top level and gains experience.
“He’s 20 years old, so as a central defender he’s not ready to start for us, so it’s important that he gains experience.”
At £2m, it’s not a massive investment, and it’s the kind of move the club have made before to varying degrees of success.
With defensive reinforcement a requirement come the summer, let’s see if the young man can play his way into the first team squad for next season.
Good luck to him.
Sky Sports have some interesting background on him, and why he might have caught our eye – read that here.