Konstantinos Mavropanos played alongside Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin last night.
Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin made appearances for Arsenal in the Under-23’s 2-2 draw at Wolves on Friday.
Tierney hasn’t kicked a ball for Arsenal following a £25 million summer move from Celtic, while Bellerin has been sidelined since January.
Both of their returns is great news for Gunners’ senior boss Unai Emery, but there was a third, lesser-known boost last night.
Promising centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos also continued his rehabilitation with a 90-minute showing against the West Midlands club.
The towering defender, who stands at 6’4, has had injury problems of his own this season but, by virtue of the fact he lasted 90 minutes, you could argue he is closer than Tierney and Bellerin, who lasted an hour.
Here’s how Arsenal fans reacted to the Greek star’s performance:
Better than Van Dijk— Daniel_91 (@Gunnertwin) September 20, 2019
Mavropanos getting a full game. Done well. Bellerin and Tierney got 60 minutes unscathed— Mike ⚽️⚽️ (@MGChristou) September 20, 2019
Balogun will go on to be an elite striker. Mavropanos as well been excellent for u23s today.— S1 AFC (@Arsenal_S1) September 20, 2019
Strong performance from Mavropanos with the U23s today— Hunson Abadeer (@naphtrax) September 20, 2019
Hmmmmm.— Elroy (@figgystein) September 20, 2019
Mavropanos has been good too
Dino having a good game— JUST MICK afc (@michaelhayden57) September 20, 2019
Mavropanos has been lukewarm in the little game time that he’s had under Emery.
The 21-year-old joined Arsenal under Arsene Wenger in the final few months of the Frenchman’s tenure but posted some very positive displays, most notably away to Manchester United.
The Gunners could do with all the centre-backs they can get and the closer he is to full fitness, the better for Emery overall.