Arsenal’s former Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, has confirmed that Stuttgart – where he is now Technical Director – would like to keep on-loan defender Dinos Mavropanos for another season.
The centre-half was brought to North London by the German shortly after he began his role with the Gunners, and while he was expected to go out on loan immediately, he impressed Arsene Wenger sufficiently to keep him around.
He made three Premier League appearances towards the end of that season, picking up a red card in one of them, but in an injury hit first campaign under Unai Emery, he played just four times (three starts, and one sub).
He added just one Europa League appearance in 2019-20, before being loaned to FC Nuremberg in Bundesliga 2. This season, injuries have been a problem again, although has made 13 league appearance for Stuttgart, as well as one in the cup.
In an interview with The Athletic, in which Mislintat talks about his time at Arsenal, he sounded a positive note about the 22 year old, and hoped his loan spell there could be extended for another season.
“He has all the hardware and all the software to be a great defender,” he said.
“He has been unfortunate, he’s got a lot of injuries. It’s important for us to get him fully match fit.
“If he can stabilise physically, he’s undoubtedly a Bundesliga-level defender. He’s one of the fastest centre-backs in the league alongside Dayot Upamecano.
“A super guy, a model professional. You have to admire his energy, all the strength it took to get over his injuries.
“We’re super happy that he’s been a regular starter in recent weeks. We would like to keep him on loan one more season, if possible.
“But that will be down to Arsenal.”
Dinos has a contract with us until 2023, so even if we did decided to loan him next year, it’d give us time to make a final decision.