Confirmed: Mavropanos joins FC Nurnberg on loan

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It has been confirmed that Dinos Mavropanos will spend the second half of the season on loan at German second-tier outfit FC Nurnberg.

The centre-back has only featured once for Arsenal this season in the 2-2 draw with Standard Liege in December and is in desperate need of senior football.

The 22-year-old has struggled with a series of groin injuries since he was signed on the advice of Sven Mislintat from Greek side PAS Giannina. His fitness struggles mean he’s not been able to string a run of games together and that in turn has affected his confidence.

FC Nurnberg, currently 16th in Bundesliga 2, are facing a relegation battle in the coming months. Here’s hoping Mavropanos can lend them a hand.

Given Calum Chambers is out for the season it does leave us short on cover at the back. Perhaps we’re confident of recruiting a replacement before the window closes in a couple of weeks time? We’ll see.

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OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Good place for a defender to go, the Bundesliga. I’m happy, provided he gets some actual first team action. As with most loans, any club would me mad not to prioritize their own players. Viel Glück, Mavropanos!

Dave M
Dave M

It’s Bundesliga zwei…And not only that a relegation battling team in the second tier. It’s a pretty massive drop in standards. This probably spells the end of young Mav…
You’d think if he was a part of the future they wouldn’t be accepting loans like this and pushing for guaranteed time at least in the top half of the championship.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Rob Holding came from a second tier relegation battle didn’t he.

Probably a lot of defending to do.

laudgunner
laudgunner

We are signing a top defender in January with these departures for sure!

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Christopher Samba is available

Dave
Dave

Is Sol Campbell available?

SMH
SMH

Maybe Jon Vertonghen can do a Campbell.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

The rest of the team better lock up their wives.

Laca New Signing
Laca New Signing

Phillipe Senderos is free too.

C.B.
C.B.

Good luck to him!

I’m sure he is keen to get away from that guy (see above) who squeezes his privates down onto his calf and farts on his feet.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

I dunno, usually you have to pay good money for that sort of treatment

(a friend tells me…)

Dan
Dan

Some people are saying that it’s a second tier team battling relegation but as long as he gets game time that’s what important and plus I believe adversity builds character and I hope the adversity of fighting for survival week in week out will build him up both as a person and a player

Dave M
Dave M

My local team in Germany is near the top of Dritte Liga (3rd tier), I go watch a bit. But it’s a step up from park football. The standard is terrible, and they are one of the best in the division, currently in a tie for a playoff against none other than FC Nürnberg. Having watched a decent amount of the English Championship and cup games in Germany against 2nd tier teams, this is nowhere near the Championship level. At 3rd last in Bundesliga 2., FC Nürnberg is about the same (arugably slightly higher) quality than my local team – not good; a team full of slow plodders.

Sugar coat it all you want, but Bundesliga 2 is not the standard of football you’d like to dream it is. Mavrapanos simply hasn’t panned out the way we’d hoped. I cannot for the life of me see why we kept him and let Bielik go. Didn’t then and certainly don’t now.

Licor de Avellanas
Licor de Avellanas

Great comment! I’m with you all the way about Bielik, that kid is so talented.
Let’s see how the transfer window pans out.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

How Bielik working out for Derby?

Dave M
Dave M

Played 20 games, How’s Mavrapanos working out for Arsenal?

Hantal
Hantal

Hopefully there’s an obligation to buy

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Let’s hope that it doesn’t become a trial at Nuremberg for young Denos!!!

Ron
Ron

Too soon

Vonnie
Vonnie

He’s still very young for a defender and he’s had a lot of time out with injuries, so a few months in a slower league with guaranteed game time will probably help build up his fitness and confidence. There were bigger clubs after him but maybe it’s better for his confidence to be at a club where he will definitely play. I like him, hopefully he does really well, we’ll see in preseason.

Santori
Santori

This is a good thing and should have frankly happened a season or two ago.

Some people prefer to imagine capabilities that are not there. They magnify problems with certain players and choose to ignore shortfalls in others.

Mavropanos has potential, a good frame but he has been suspect positionally not least due to inexperience.

Since 2008, we’ve had issue developing young players at expense of results and league standing. There are exceptions in Fabregas and now Guendouzi (Or Ajax now Barca’s de Ligt) but frankly many younger players (Your Walcott, Ramsey Ox etc) do not come good till 22/23yrs.

Meanwhile we were over reliant on many of these players to erratic performances and vitriol from the usual uninformed crowd.

This neither helps their development nor our immediate goals (literally)

Particularly in the Cback/Defensive end, it is a massive risk to bank on younger players who have not had enough time under the belt. Nor does keeping them under or close to first team bench help their education. They need to be playing regularly and able to afford the lattitude for mistakes on loan (and not at our expense)

This is also a worry on Saliba. He’s impressed but only over 19 matches last season at St Etienne. And he has been mostly injured this season. Its a bit of a hope at 27m eventual pay out that he will deliver what we have long needed in central defense.

I have no issue adding him into squad but the money allocated to Pepe and Saliba will have repercussions on subsequent windows particularly if we (likely) fail to meet CL again and have more key departures.

OTOH, if Saliba is ready for return, I’d say we should explore getting him in early since Chambers is effectively out. and other options at the moment all imperfect.

Luiz was a 7m quid panic buy and will need replacement a season down hopefully. Mustafi likely to get sold. Sokratis is over 30yrs so there is plenty of room if Mavropanos can impress out on loan remainder of the season.

Mark
Mark

He certainly needs a loan, but with Chambers out, Mavropanos going out on loan and Holding still not fully recovered that leaves us very thin at central defender having to rely mostly on two of the three of Luiz, Sokratis and Mustafi for most games unless holding can return to full health and form.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

Good luck to him. If he can’t do it in the Bundesliga 2 then I think that’s probably it for him with us. Hope he can step up and fulfil his potential.