Stuttgart are interested in signing Dinos Mavropanos from Arsenal, according to German outlet kicker.
They recently secured promotion back to the Bundesliga, finishing runners-up in Bundesliga 2, and are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.
The Greek defender finished his loan spell with Nurnberg last weekend, helping his team avoid relegation, although he didn’t play in their final match.
However, he made a total of 12 appearances following his loan move in January, and generally played well after an injury hit couple of years in North London.
The fact that Sven Mislintat – the man who recommended Mavropanos to Arsenal almost as soon as he became our Head of Recruitment in late 2017 – is now Stuttgart’s Sporting Director lends some credibility to the report.
He scouted the centre-half when he was playing for Greek side PAS Giannina, and although he was supposed to go out on loan after joining the Gunners, Arsene Wenger was impressed enough to keep him and play him in some of our final games of the 2018-19 season.
His time with Arsenal was beset with injury, and his departure looks likely, even if he could hardly do worse than some of the centre-halves we have at the club right now.
Whether Mikel Arteta will give him another chance remains to be seen, but the last of 8 appearances for the club came in December 2019 when he played the full 90 minutes of our 2-2 draw in the Europa League.
Arsenal’s financial may have an impact too. Without European football our spending power may be limited so using players we already have might be a way to rebuild when all you can afford to buy is a second hand chair (which could still pass a football better than Kolasinac).
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