There are many instances in which your hand gets forced in football, which is why you always need to be prepared – as a fan, as a player, and as a manager. With the game against Cardiff City being right around the corner, now seems like as good of a time as any for a big return. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of return that the Gunners faithful weren’t really wanting to pull the trigger on just yet.
On Saturday evening, Arsenal visit Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, as the Gunners look for a comfortable passage to the next round.
Blackpool have struggled for form of late and the Tangerines are midtable in League One after three defeats in their last four outings. The home side has seen off Exeter City and Solihull Moors in the previous rounds but needed extra time to see off the latter in the last round.
In yesterday’s article, I wrote that Leicester were ideal opponents for Arsenal. Maybe Arsenal were, in fact, ideal opponents for the Foxes, who recorded a 3-1 win over the Gunners after Konstantinos Mavropanos saw red after just 15 minutes.
From then on, it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners to end their poor away record. The north London side did score through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won the game for the out-of-form Foxes.
Somewhat a surprising transfer rumour appeared this week with British media reporting that Arsenal were set to sign a 20-year-old Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Gianina.
The talented defender is said to be identified by the club’s new chief scout Sven Mislintat and Gunners decided to make a move and wrap a deal for Mavropanos on Wednesday for a fee believed to be in excess of $1.8 million.
Sven Mislintat is said to be directly responsible for the Mavropanos deal, due to his close links with the player’s agent from his time at Borussia Dortmund. Mislintat is expected to continue his mission at Arsenal by focusing heavily on finding the best young players for Arsenal.