Sven Mislintat sends message to Arsenal over loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos

Sven Mislintat sends message to Arsenal over loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos
Stuttgart are keen to keep the imposing Greek defender (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has praised Konstantinos Mavropanos for his performances on loan at Stuttgart this season and believes the north London club have a ‘great defender’ on their hands.

The 23-year-old was signed by the Gunners back in 2018 during Mislintat’s spell at the club and, after making just seven Premier League appearances and finding opportunities limited, followed the German sporting director to Stuttgart last summer.

He has delivered some impressive performances and was even nominated for the Bundesliga’s latest Rookie of the Month award.

Sven Mislintat sends message to Arsenal over loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos
Mavropanos is starting to excel after overcoming his injuries (Picture: Getty)

Stuttgart have been so pleased with Mavropanos they are hoping to keep him on loan next season too, with Mislintat even comparing the Greek defender to RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.

Asked how Mavropanos has got on at Stuttgart, Mislintat told The Athletic: ‘He has all the hardware and all the software to be a great defender.

‘He has been unfortunate, he’s got a lot of injuries. A pubic bone inflammation kept him out more or less for one-and-a-half years.

‘The moment we thought we could play him, he tore his meniscus.

‘It’s important for us to get him fully match fit. If he can stabilise physically, he’s undoubtedly a Bundesliga-level defender.

‘He’s one of the fastest centre-backs in the league alongside Dayot Upamecano.

Sven Mislintat sends message to Arsenal over loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos
Mislintat brought Mavropanos to Arsenal and Stuttgart and is a big fan (Picture: Getty)

‘A super guy, a model professional. You have to admire his energy, all the strength it took to get over his injuries.

‘We’re super happy that he’s been a regular starter in recent weeks. We would like to keep him on loan one more season, if possible. But that will be down to Arsenal.’

Arsenal have had some problems at the back this season despite signing the likes of Gabriel and Pablo Mari, though Mislintat clearly feels a fully fit Mavropanos could be the answer to their woes.

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