Arsenal complete first signing of the window

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Arsene Wenger has made his first January transfer in the form of young Greek defender Konstantinos Mavopanos from Greek Super League PAS Giannina making 16 appearances in the senior team.

After being named on the bench for the first team’s games against Panathinaikos and Xanthi, the then-teenager made his senior debut against Agrotikos Asteras in the Greek Cup back in November 2016, playing the full 90 minutes and helping his side keep a clean sheet.

Mavropanos has arrived at the Emirates Stadium for a fee of 1.8 million and will be loaned out to gain further experience with Bundesliga side Werder Breman in advanced talks over a potential deal.

The Greece Under 21 international is highly thought of in his home country as AEK Athens and Olympiakos were reportedly interested in the player.

Arsene Wenger said last night after the Gunners 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea: “He’s not ready to play for us. We’ll give him out on loan.”

Known for his ball-winning ability and aerial prowess, Konstantinos’ 6ft 4in frame means he will be well suited to the physical demands of the Premier League. A natural leader, the 20-year-old has since added two more goals to his collection, netting against Appollon Smirnis and Lamia, and has two caps for Greece Under-21s.

 

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