Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will loan Konstantinos Mavropanos out before the end of the January transfer window. Werder Bremen are the rumoured destination, but should they be?
On January 4, Arsenal made their first signing of the winter window. Mavropanos arrived from the Greek Super League, costing £1.8m. The BBC claim Werder Bremen are closest to taking the 20-year-old on loan. But so far the club haven’t announced anything.
And when looking at Bremen’s squad, the move doesn’t make much sense. They have six centre-back options, four of which have appeared eight times or more in the Bundesliga. All four of them are older and more experienced than Mavropanos.
The German club would have to put a lot of faith in Arsenal’s scouting system to guarantee they can drop one of those defenders for the Greek u21 international on a regular basis. If they can’t guarantee game time, it’s another risk, and Arsenal’s loan risks have turned out terribly this season.
Stephy Mavididi went to Preston North End, instead of returning to Charlton, where they desperately wanted him. He made four starts in six months, and ended up joining Charlton for the second half of the year anyway.
Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall went to Birmingham in August, and they’ve made four starts combined. Emi Martinez made his La Liga debut on Saturday, so he may as well have moved to Getafe in January.
Arsenal need to be more careful where they send Mavropanos, or he’ll come back half a year older and no more experienced.