“Just like a new signing” was a popular cliche used by Arsene Wenger during his reign at the club – when players return from long term injuries during the transfer window, the French tactician always defends the low budget of the club, with claim that the said injury returnee is just like a new signing.
Following the porous nature of their defence, Arsene were tipped to sign a centre-back in this window. Alas, the names on the transfer radar of the club are mainly Denis Suarez, James Rodriguez and Yannick Carrasco, all of whom are not defenders.
Arsenal sturdy centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos featured for the u23s against Manchester City for the first time after five months and he has been dubbed “just like a new signing”
The Greek rising star was on the sideline for the first half of the season following an injury that took longer that expected to heal. Rob Holding, Mustafi and Sokratis were the key centre-backs for Arsenal at the start of the season but the injury to Holding exposed us and left us with almost no option.
Mavropanos played up to 70 mins for the B team to ease himself into full action, and he was impressive. The U23 coceded only one goal in that game, which is said to be the least number of goals they have conceded in a game, bring to mind how solid the Greek star is.
Meanwhile, Emery believes Mavropanos would challenge for a spot in his team when he is fully fit.
Arsenal have conceded a staggering 32 goals this season, more than even Newcastle in 18 place but they won’t sign a new defender because Mavrapanos is the artificial new signing.