Konstantinos Mavropanos has signed a new deal and will go to VfB Stuttgart on loan, the club have officially confirmed. The Greek defender already has some experience of playing in Germany, albeit in the 2. Bundesliga, having spent the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan with FC Nuremberg where he booked a total of 12 appearances.
The 22-year-old has so far been unable to get his Arsenal career going. He spent a large majority of 2018/19 on the sidelines due to a groin injury, which extended its damaging influence into the start of this season as well. When fit, he couldn’t force his way into the serious reckoning for the first team, making no more than eight appearances since joining the club in 2018, so he spent some time with the reserves. David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are all ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment, and William Saliba is about to arrive from Saint-Etienne too. Therefore, the loan obviously makes sense for Mavropanos, and the new deal shows that Arsenal still have high hopes for his future.
Stuttgart finished second in the 2. Bundesliga this term, which means they will now move to the top flight which has seen a large number of players develop at pace in recent years. It is to be hoped it will be the same with Mavropanos, who was one of the key players in Nuremberg’s bid to avoid relegation.
At Stuttgart, Mavropanos will once again link up with Sven Mislintat, the man who was behind his move to the Emirates two years ago and is now the sporting director at the German club. It has been reported that Mislintat was indeed the key to Stuttgart securing this deal, with Werder Bremen having shown strong interest as well.