Former Arsenal academy striker Stephy Mavididi scored his first goal for Montpellier over the weekend, away at AS Monaco.
After spending last season on loan from Juventus with Dijon, Stephy Mavididi returned to France with Montpellier on a permanent deal this summer.
The transfer cost around €6.3m, with some of that money going to Arsenal through ‘solidarity contributions’. But despite completing the move right at the start of the summer, Mavididi is still waiting on his first start for his new club.
Seven games into the season, the 22-year-old is up to six substitute appearances totalling 109 minutes. His longest appearance was against Monaco on Sunday, as he played a full half, and he made good use of it to score.
Montpellier were down to 10 men after a first-half red card, but Mavididi gave them the lead on the break. He closed down a loose ball on the halfway line, winning it and racing up the field before finishing clinically from outside the area.
It was a very nice goal, shown in this video from 1:45.
Unfortunately, a Monaco penalty gave them a route back into the game at 1-1, but even picking up a point with 10 men for 71 minutes is impressive. Perhaps it will help push Mavididi into his manager’s thoughts for starts now.