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Arsenal boss should avoid Shkodran Mustafi recall and utilise Konstantinos Mavropanos

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Arsenal boss should avoid Shkodran Mustafi recall and utilise Konstantinos Mavropanos

The versatile Arsenal defender is set to be out until the end of the season.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed his first win as the club’s boss with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis gave the Spaniard a massive three points.

Since then some bad news has emerged. Calum Chambers has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury suffered against Chelsea.

Having returned to the team under Unai Emery, the ex-Southampton man has filled in at right-back and more recently at centre-back.

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His injury will open the door for someone else to stake their claim.

Goalscorer Sokratis and David Luiz looked brilliant against United and the shirts look to be in their possession for now.

Some backup will be required though and a squad place will now be up for grabs.

Arteta would be wise to avoid the tried and tested experience of Shkodran Mustafi and instead offer a chance to Konstantinos Mavropanos.


The Greek defender hasn’t really had a proper chance since his £1.9 million move from PAS Giannina (The Guardian). He has made eight appearances but wasn’t frequently involved under the previous regime.

Under Arteta, he has made the bench twice and that should be a good sign.

Mustafi’s days look numbered at the Emirates and his heart doesn’t seem to be in the club anymore.


At 22, Mavropanos can still be considered one for the future and he should be tasked with acting as a backup for Sokratis and Luiz.

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The man with four Greece under-21 caps is still learning but he will only really improve with exposure to the first-team.

Arteta doesn’t really have anything to lose by using him as part of his matchday squads.

Mustafi has upset the fans with one mistake too many. He also makes comical errors that a World Cup winner should never, ever make.

This could be an exciting time for Mavropanos and he will hope to earn more opportunities as the season progresses.

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