Arsenal secured top spot in Group F of the Europa League with a point at Standard Liege. The Gunners drew 2-2 in their final group game, despite trailing 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining.
Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah had given the Belgian outfit the lead before Arsenal struck back. Alexandre Lacazette halved the deficit before Bukayo Saka restored parity.
Freddie Ljungberg is currently in interim charge of the first-team and he chose to ring some changes last night.
His decision looked set to backfire on the Swede but his team stuck at the task and eventually got their just rewards.
One man who did come in from the cold was Konstantinos Mavropanos. The Greek defender made his first senior appearances of the campaign, forming a back three with Sokratis and David Luiz.
The 22-year-old did okay and he will hope to get some more minutes whilst Ljungberg is in charge of the senior squad.
Mavropanos signed for Arsenal in 2018, costing £1.9 million from PAS Giannina. To date, he has made eight appearances for the first-team.
Following last night’s game he took to Twitter to speak of his thanks at receiving the nod from his boss:
Although the score wasn’t what we wanted, still top of the group ! I am more than thankful to be back again! ⚽️💥 pic.twitter.com/LXWT8K0p2B
— Dinos Mavropanos (@DMavropanos) December 12, 2019
With Arsenal struggling defensively, Mavropanos could earn more game time in the coming weeks.
It does seem as though for now Ljungberg will stick with the experienced heads but the Greek enforcer might earn some chances from the bench.
Arsenal aren’t blessed with lots of options at the back and an injury or two would certainly pave the way for him to stake another claim.