Arsene Wenger has been so impressed with Konstantinos Mavropanos that he’s considering keeping the new signing in the squad until the end of the season.
Originally, the plan was for the 20 year old to go out on loan, with a move to Werder Bremen more or less arranged between the two clubs, but the new signing has impressed the manager so much he now wants to keep him until the end of the season.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, Wenger said, “I personally want to keep him until May to know him better, to asses his level.
“The first signs he has shown are so encouraging that I decided to keep him until May.”
It may also be a case that he provides some defensive reinsurance at a time when we’re without some key players.
Both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are currently sidelined, while Laurent Koscielny is struggling with his Achilles problems. Add to that Per Mertesacker struggling in his final season as a player, and he might well prove to be useful cover.
Given he’s a signing identified by new Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, it’s a first chance to see if the German’s eye for talent is as good as we hope it is.