Arsenal had a disastrous start to the season after conceding nine goals in their first three Premier League matches saw the club slump to the bottom of the table with three consecutive defeats.
The defence were heavily criticised and rightly so as the centre-defence looked weak and easy penetrable.
Mikel Arteta’s starting partnership in Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White didn’t play together in these three matches and instead back-up’s such as Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding were used to cover for the unavailable duo.
This highlighted Arsenal’s lack of quality in depth in the backline but the club did the potential to have Dinos Mavropanos as a solid back-up as he is going leaps and bounds currently in the Bundesliga.
The Greek international has spent the last two seasons away from the club as football.london understands that Arteta had doubts over Mavropanos’ ball distribution.
This seems like an odd decision by the Arsenal boss as he had impressive passing statistics in the Bundesliga last season.
And he has carried the impressive form into this season as according to WhoScored, Mavropanos had the sixth highest match rating across the last six league games.
This will fill bitter sweet for Arsenal fans, as the back-up central defenders at the club have turned in some worrying performances when asked to fill in for the formidable pair in Gabriel and White.
Mari hasn’t made another Premier League appearance since being dominated by Romelu Lukaku in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the second game of the season.
Chambers has shown some good displays in the Carabao Cup this season but still isn’t at the level to challenge the current starting centre-back’s at the club.
It would have been great to see William Saliba who is current on loan at Marseille and Mavropanos both come back to the side next season and create serious competition for White and Gabriel.
Whilst Saliba is a certainty to do this, the same for Mavropanos is highly unlikely as football.london’s Chris Wheatley has reported that Stuttgart paid a €500,000 loan fee for Mavropanos and they have an obligation to buy him for €3m (£2.5m) next summer.
Mikel Arteta sanctioned this move potentially showing that William Saliba is the chosen one to return and challenge for the starting defending spots, as Calum Chambers’ contract is set to expire and Rob Holding has been linked with a move away from the club.
Edu and Arteta definitely made the decision to sell Mavropanos too soon as his value is seeing a massive increase due to his impressive performances.
But the faith is kept with them both as the transfer business conducted recent has seen to be a massive success.
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