On Thursday, Arsenal confirmed the signing of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina for a fee that is reported to be in the region of £1.8 million.
Following Wednesday’s thrilling London Derby, in which Arsenal drew rival Chelsea 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium, boss Arsène Wenger mentioned in his post-match press conference that the club was closing in on the signing of coveted Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Now, on Thursday, the club has confirmed that Mavropanos is a Gunner.
Goal’s Arsenal correspondent, Chris Wheatley, was the first to report the signing of the 20-year-old on Wednesday. Per Wheatley, the signing is believed to be in the region of £1.8.
Mavropanos’ signing is certainly seen as an investment for a player who, according to Greek journalists who have seen Mavropanos play on a consistent basis, has the potential to be a top Premier League defender in the years to come and has been likened to current Arsenal defender, Shkodran Mustafi.
Standing at 6’4″, the Greek youngster is said to be a ball-winner with a strong aerial presence.
Mavropanos has had an impressive breakthrough season in Greece. He has played in 16 matches for regional side PAS Giannina and has caught the eye of the country’s biggest clubs including Greek giants Olympiakos.
Wenger also confirmed in Wednesday’s press conference that Arsenal’s most recent signing will be loaned out for the remainder of the season.
Perhaps this will be of some disappointment to Gooners who were hoping to see Mavropanos in the first-team, especially given the fact that Arsenal have had several lapses in the back as of late and currently boast a defense that is allowing close to two goals a game.
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