Arsenal 22-year-old defender completed loan move to German club

By | January 14, 2020

Arsenal centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined second-tier German team, FC Nurnberg, for the remainder of the season on loan.

The 22-year-old defender has struggled to break into the Gunners’ first-team since securing his transfer from PAS Giannina back in January 2018.

Mavropanos has played only one game so far this campaign for the North London club, with competition and injuries playing their part in keeping him out from the starting XI.

He will now look to earn more game-time at the German club, who sit 16th in 2.Bundesliga, after it was revealed the team had initially made a move for the Greece U-21 side in the summer.

“Konstantinos is a robust central defender and is strong in headers,” Nurnberg sporting director Rober Palikuca told the club’s official website.

“We had already aimed for a loan in the summer, but due to the rehab after his injury, it would not have made sense six months ago.

“We would like to expressly thank FC Arsenal for the good exchange and the trust that the club has placed in us.”

Mavropanos follows the footsteps of Arsenal another talent Emile Smith Rowe – who moved to Huddersfield over the weekend – in departing from the Emirates Stadium on loan during the current January transfer window, with Eddie Nketiah also expected to make an exit from the club before the window shuts.

The England Under-21s forward spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Leeds United before being recalled – with another move now on the cards.

The PA news agency believes there are plenty of options for Nketiah and that he will stay in England.