Konstantinos Mavropanos and Martin Odegaard faced off against each other for their countries on Sunday night, in their final fixtures before the summer.
After Konstantinos Mavropanos spent his season away from Arsenal on loan, and Martin Odegaard joined the Gunners for the last few months of his own loan spell, they’re both facing a summer of uncertainty.
Despite a loan spell that was generally positive for Mavropanos, he’s returning to Arsenal with no guarantees over his future. In fact, the strong suggestion is that he’s set to leave the club in one way or another.
Similarly, Odegaard could still end up with a number of different clubs next season. The Athletic report that he’s Arsenal’s number-one target for the summer, but the change of manager at Real Madrid could mean a return there, or perhaps an exit elsewhere.
But before the summer of speculation could begin in earnest, the two players had one final fixture, a friendly between their two countries. Unfortunately, neither qualified for the Euros, so this was their last showing before their holidays.
Greece raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes, but Odegaard starred for the opposition. The playmaker created a game-high four chances and ended up assisting Stefan Strandberg to pull one goal back – his third assist in four games.
Mavropanos and co. managed to hold on for the win, so both players came out of the fixture with some credit. The Greek defender will be particularly pleased to have helped shut down Erling Haaland. We await whatever’s next for the pair.