Whilst today will go down as one of the worst in recent memory for Arsenal defenders after a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, Konstantinos Mavropanos has shown a good account of himself for his loan club.
Mavropanos is on loan with Stuttgart again this term, having established himself as an important player for the side in the second-half of last season, as they returned to the German top-flight.
In the 44th minute of this afternoon’s clash against Freiburg, the 23-year-old charged forward to win the ball after a Freiburg clearance, before embarking on a battling run to help out his side.
The centre-back juggled the ball through danger before slipping it over to Hamadi Al Ghaddioui once he reached the edge of the box, the striker returned the ball with a perfectly-weighted volleyed pass.
Mavropanos latched onto the ball in the crowded area before hammering it into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out with a tidy finish.
It seems fitting for Mavropanos to score today, having surprised fans with his previously unseen ability in front of goal with a sensational solo goal in Stuttgart training earlier this week.
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Unfortunately, whilst Mavropanos’ effort did inspire the side to pull another goal back just minutes later, they ultimately failed to come back from being three down as it ended a 3-2 victory for Freiburg.
The Athletic report that Arsenal have netted an initial loan fee of £500,000 for Dinos and that Stuttgart will be obliged to sign Mavropanos permanently for £3m if they remain in the Bundesliga this season.
The Athletic add that the German side will still have the option to recruit Mavropanos permanently if they go down, in a deal that would also include add-ons of up to £1.5m and a a sell-on clause for Arsenal.