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Arsene Wenger has revealed that new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos will stay at Arsenal for the rest of the season rather than go out on loan as was earlier planned.
Mavropanos was signed this January as part of Sven Mislintat first activity as head of recruitment at Arsenal, with the plan to loan him out to Werder Bremen for the rest of the season, but he has impressed the staff and the manager so much that Arsene Wenger has decided to keep him for the rest of the season.
Wenger had earlier revealed that he had been impressed by the young defender in training “We signed a Greek boy (Mavropanos) who looks quite good in training…” he said
After being further impressed as it is, he has decided that the ‘Greek boy’ will stay at the club for the rest of the season. Speaking to the club website, Wenger said “I personally want to keep him until May, to know him better, to assess his level,”
“The first signs he has shown in training are so encouraging that I decided to keep him until May”
Mavropanos was on the bench against Chelsea in the league cup semi-final first leg and it’s safe to say it won’t be long before we see him on the pitch.
Game time will be very limited for him with Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Mertesacker, Chambers and Holding all ahead of him, but if he continues to impress the manager, his presence might see Monreal moved to wing back and see Mertesacker get much less games.
He would have been guaranteed much more game time on loan, but the chance to integrate with the team, and get a couple of games with the first team under his belt will do him good on the long run. Who knows? He might just make a spot in the starting line up his own before the end of the season.
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