Arsenal get defensive boost as Mavropanos makes injury comeback for U23s

Arsenal have been handed a boost in defence with the return of long term injured defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The Greek youngster finally made his long awaited return from injury last weekend, featuring for the Arsenal U23 side against Leicester City, where he played 67 minutes as he builds up his fitness ahead of a return to the senior team.

Mavropanos has been battling with a groin injury for the best part of one year, making comebacks and then suffering repeated setbacks.

However, the 21-year old defender made the starting lineup for the U23 side, and put in a strong display against the Foxes U23.

Prior to his latest comeback, Mavropanos’ last game for the Gunners was against Burnley back in May, but the last time he played over an hour in a senior match was a year before that (May 2018), when Arsene Wenger was still manager of the club.


The young defender featured in good company at the back with Rob Holding, who is also building up his fitness ahead of a return to the senior team.

Overall, Mavropanos had a good game, winning most aerial duels as well as physical duels, easily holding players off and winning the ball back.

Although, it must be said that he played a huge part with Tolaji Bola in a defensive error that led to Leicester City’s goal.

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