The 2018/19 season certainly didn’t go to plan for Konstantinos Mavropanos as the talented young defender found his playing time severely limited.
Mavropanos was injured for the first half of the campaign and then upon returning to fitness ended up playing just four games in the Premier League, while he wasn’t included in the club’s Europa League squad.
Next season Mavropanos will hope for much better fortune and it will be interesting to see what is in store for the 21-year-old as he seeks to establish himself as an important part of the first-team squad.
The Greek prospect is comfortable in possession and is capable of playing some superb passes, but he is a little rash in his decision making at times.
It remains to be seen which of Arsenal’s senior centre-backs will remain at the club this summer, but regardless of what happens Mavropanos will know that pre-season is important for his development.
If he can play regularly this summer and show his quality against high-profile opponents such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid then Mavropanos will bolster his chances of becoming increasingly involved for Unai Emery’s side next season.
There is a school of thought that it would perhaps be beneficial for Mavropanos to be sent out on loan so that he can play regularly and then return to Arsenal ready to compete for a starting berth.
Much will depend, however, on the other resources available to Emery, and pre-season will certainly go a long way towards shaping his overall opinion on Mavropanos.
Given that his current contract runs until the summer of 2023, Mavropanos still has much time to make the grade at Arsenal, but he will definitely be aiming for better fortune on the injury front.