A number of Arsenal fans have urged Mikel Arteta to give Konstantinos Mavropanos a chance in the Gunners first team next season.
The 23-year-old defender has been on the books at the Emirates Stadium since January 2018, when he joined from Greek outfit PAS Giannina.
However, injury issues have led to him making just eight first-team appearances with the North London club, much of his game time coming for the Under-23s.
Last season, Mavropanos spent time on loan at German second-tier side Nurnberg, making 13 appearances in all competitions and helping the club survive relegation.
This season, the 6ft 4in giant has been playing for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, sporting director Sven Mislintat eagerly snapping him up.
Mavropanos has made 13 appearances for his current side – he had injury problems earlier in the season, but has put them behind him to become a crucial member of the team.
According to football.london, he has played 849 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, boasting 79.5 percent pass accuracy, winning 73 percent of his aerial duels, and making 84 interceptions.
The outlet also claims that Arsenal are monitoring his loan spell very closely as he continues to catch the eye of rival clubs and managers.
Mavropanos is contracted to the Gunners until 2023, so he’s still got time to make an impression on Arteta.
And some Arsenal fans on social media clearly want the manager to give him a chance next term:
He is one of the better CBs we have at the club. Can literally say right sided Gabriel. Just bcoz he didn’t cost 25-30m there is absolutely no talk of him. Bundesliga viewers would say he is one of the consistent player in there.
— C’deep (@Chandradeep_) March 2, 2021
Really hope so.
He can fit in either RCB or LCB.
I think Chambers will go this summer.
Our CBS next season could be
Mari Gabriel Luiz
Holding Saliba Mavro
Plenty of scope there!
— Only Fools and Gooners (@RobinHartley67) March 2, 2021
Absolutely! He is a beast and with the right coaching he will go to the very top. It’s time we showed a little more faith in youngsters like him and Saliba!
— BG (@GunnrsaurusRex) March 2, 2021
Imo he has potentials to start in our first 11. It will be a problem if luiz or holding stay and this man leaves
— Bawest (@Maurice_Bawest) March 2, 2021
He’s performing better than Saliba atm
— god of Weija🇬🇭 (@madida_jnr) March 2, 2021
Yes he is better than holding
— Daddymonso (@Daddymonso5) March 2, 2021
He has to replace Luiz at the end of the season
— Sir Graham (@grahamteurai) March 2, 2021