Arsene Wenger tips 20-year-old Arsenal star to succeed
The Arsenal manager is backing Konstantinos Mavropanos to thrive at the north London club
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.