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When you consider Arsenal had no qualms over investing £50 million in Ben White, a defender renowned as much for his ball-playing skills as he is his ball-winning abilities, the lack of opportunities afforded to Konstantinos Mavropanos raises questions. 

Perhaps the 23-year-old is the victim of circumstance. 

Arsene Wenger announced his departure from Arsenal just three months after Mavropanos had arrived at the Emirates. That didn’t exactly help the Greece international’s cause.

Since then, the London giants have leapt from one era to another with coaches, directors, executives and plenty of players coming and going. 

Injuries haven’t made things any easier. 

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A niggling groin problem kept Mavropanos on the sidelines for almost a year between October 2018 and September 2019. And, when he finally returned to action, his man of the match performance on debut against Manchester United had been long forgotten. 

Arsenal might regret striking a £2.5m deal with Stuttgart for Mavropanos

But after putting the injuries behind him, Mavropanos is seizing the opportunity to rebuild his reputation during another loan spell in Germany. The Greek has started all eight of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga games this season, scoring three goals along the way.  

His latest strike, coming in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim, summed up exactly what Arteta wants from his centre-backs. Showing awareness and confidence to intercept the ball high up the pitch, Mavropanos turned defence into attack with a powerful burst into midfield. 

And, as the Hoffenheim back line parted like the Red Sea, Mavropanos smashed a laser-guided, left-footed effort into the bottom corner. 

Ben White would have been proud.

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“We have an obligatory purchase option of €3 million (£2.5 million) if we remain in the league,” explained Stuttgart director Sven Mislintat, who also played a key role in the deal that took Mavropanos to Arsenal in the first place.  

“There’s also an option if we get relegated. In both instances, we have the opportunity to take him. I think it’s relatively clear what will happen with him.” 

It’s “relatively clear” what some Arsenal fans think about the situation too. 

After rueing the loss of Ismael Bennacer, Yunus Musah and Serge Gnabry, it appears another highly talented youngster is about to leave the Emirates for the sort of fee that would send Tim Wonnacott into a frenzy.

Here’s what some Arsenal supporters on Twitter had to say about the situation:

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