Arsenal sign Greek defender Mavropanos, Wenger says “he’s not ready to start for us”

Arsenal announced the signing of 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos on Thursday, but manager Arsène Wenger has said he intends to send him back abroad to gain some experience.

Having arrived from Greek Super League side PAS Giannina shortly after the transfer window opened, Mavropanos trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning. But he might be on the move again soon, the club website disclosed.

Wenger said: “He is with us and the plan is that he goes out on loan somewhere. It could be a German club.

“I prefer him to play. Where? It doesn’t really matter. It’s just that he plays in the top level and gains experience. He is 20 years old and he needs experience for a central defender.

“He is not ready to start for us so it is important he gets experience.”


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