Forgotten Arsene Wenger signing speaks out on his Arsenal future

Konstantinos Mavropanos has spent the season on loan at Stuttgart
Konstantinos Mavropanos has spent the season on loan at Stuttgart (Picture: Getty)

Konstantinos Mavropanos insists he remains in the dark over his Arsenal future and is unsure whether or not he will be required to return to his parent club in the summer.

The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in January 2018 upon the recommendation of the club’s former head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.

Mavropanos, one of the final signings of the Arsene Wenger era, hasn’t played for the Gunners in approaching two years and spent a season on loan at Nurnberg, before renowned talent spotter, Mislintat, brought him to Stuttgart where he is now sporting director.

Speaking about his future, Mavropanos, who recently made his international debut for Greece, told BILD: ‘I can’t say that at the moment (if I will return to Arsenal).

‘Things can change quickly in football. I still have two months here in Stuttgart and would like to end the season with the team as high up as possible.

Sven Mislintat was behind Arsenal's signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos
Sven Mislintat was behind Arsenal’s signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos (Picture: Getty)

‘The door at VfB is open for me [to stay another year] – that’s very good, but I can only think specifically about the future when we have talks with Arsenal for the new season.’

Arsenal are likely to make significant changes to their squad over the summer, regardless of whether or not they qualify for Europe next season. Mikel Arteta has a number players out on loan and must make a decision on Mavropanos as well as another promising young centre-back, William Saliba, who joined Nice in January.

Speaking about both players recently, Arteta said: ‘We’re having meetings very often to assess what they’re doing and obviously we’re getting all the information and watching their games because I want to keep a very close eye on what they’re doing.

‘We were talking yesterday for example with Ben Knapper, who is our loan manager, who is in charge of monitoring everything we are doing, and we are in contact with the players. Let’s see.

‘It’s good news that they are playing and it’s good news that they have the possibility to have a lot of minutes because that’s going to give us a much better perception of where they are and how we can use them.’

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