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Arsenal transfer news: Who is Konstantinos Mavropanos? Profile on Greek centre-back Wenger has signed

Konstantinos Mavropanos transfer: Profile on the Greek centre-back who could become a key part of Arsenal's future defence

The PAS Giannina player will cost the north Londoners £1.9million

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Arsenal remain outsiders to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Liverpool by five points.

The Gunners possess the weakest attack and defence of any top six club this season and look set to lose the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for free in the summer.

But manager Arsene Wenger has shown he still has an eye on the future after agreeing a deal to sign Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The PAS Giannina player will cost the north Londoners £1.9million and is set for an immediate loan at Werder Bremen to gain some first team experience.

Here, talkSPORT profiles the 20-year-old who could become a key part of Arsenal’s defence in the coming years.

Full name: Konstantinos Mavropanos
Date of birth: 11/12/1997
Birthplace: Greece
Position: Central defender

What’s the latest?
Following his side’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, Wenger explained Mavropanos is not ready to play for Arsenal just yet. The Gunners boss also revealed plans to send his imminent signing on loan, with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen expected to seal a six-month deal for the young defender before he joins up with his new team-mates for pre-season training next summer.

What type of player is he?
Mavropanos’ stand out attribute is his physicality. Possessing similar characteristics to his future team-mate Sead Kolasinac, Mavropanos appears to be an upgrade on the Bosnian, who is let down by his lack of pace due to his sheer size. The Greek youngster is relatively quick and is equally comfortable defending from his left or right side. Mavropanos also has an uncanny ability to remain on his feet when faced with opposition attackers and is rarely eased off the ball, even against the biggest of forwards Greek football has to offer. However, the 20-year-old will need to work on his passing ability if he is to fully thrive under Arsene Wenger.

How could he fit in at Arsenal?
Given Arsenal will lose club captain Per Mertesacker to retirement in the summer and Laurent Koscielny’s ongoing fitness issues, there is definitely space for a defender to make a starting place their own in north London. Shkodran Mustafi came close to leaving the club last summer but could expect to become his side’s leading centre-back alongside Nacho Monreal. Wenger’s preference to use three central defenders could allow Mavropanos to sit alongside the experienced duo of Mustafi and Monreal as he adapts to the Premier League. Much will depend on his impact with Werder Bremen in the second half of this season if he is to be fast-tracked into the first team ahead of Rob Holding or Calum Chambers, who will also expect more minutes next season. 

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