Arsene Wenger tips 20-year-old Arsenal star to succeed

The Arsenal manager is backing Konstantinos Mavropanos to thrive at the north London club

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger is confident Konstantinos Mavropanos will bounce back from a difficult start to his Arsenal career.

The Gunners signed Mavropanos from Greek outfit PAS Giannina in the January transfer window as a prospect for the future.

The 20-year-old made his debut in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.

He received praise for his composed performance against title bitter rivals despite a difficult result.

The Greek starlet helped Arsenal to win 5-0 against Burnley in Wenger’s final game in charge of the north London side.

The Gunners lost 3-1 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in a difficult Wednesday night.

Speaking to the media following a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Foxes, Wenger backed Mavropanos to bounce back from a tough start.

“Of course,” Wenger said. “This boy has 20 top-level games in his legs.

“I believe when games are very close, it takes so much mental energy at the start of your career that it takes sometimes a bit longer to recover.

“Tonight he was a bit surprised by the pace of the game at the start, because he had not completely recovered. I had a long thought about playing him straight away again or not.

“Sometimes you think ‘OK, it’s going well for him, keep him in’. But I don’t think he had recovered.”

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and set to finish outside the top four for the second successive season.

The Gunners lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals to miss out on a shot at winning the competition to secure a Champions League spot.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten.

The north London outfit have won the FA Cup in three of the past five seasons.

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