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

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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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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