Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed latest Arsenal recruit Konstantinos Mavrapanos is not yet set to feature for the first team and will be be sent out on loan immediately.
The Greek’s arrival at the Emirates was confirmed on Thursday as Arsenal sealed their first January transfer signing.
Mavrapanos, 20, had played only 16 matches in the Greek League but they were good enough for the Gunners to spend about £2million to sign him.
German defender Per Mertesacker is set to hang his boots at the end of the campaign, while 33-year-old France international defender Laurent Koscielny has already declared his intent to end his football career at Lorient.
Spaniard Nacho Monreal has been played as an auxiliary centre-back this campaign, while England U-21 internationals Rob Holding and youngster Calum Chambers both played from the start Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Premier League Champions Chelsea.
Despite the manager’s lack options at his disposal, Arsene Wenger admits the fresh recruit, Mavropanos is not yet prepared to make his English Premier League debut.
Ahead of Saturday’s English FA Cup third round clash at Nottingham Forest, Arsene Wenger confirmed the youngster has joined the club and that the immediate plan is to send him out on loan to somewhere in Germany..
The French tactician said the Greek is only 20 years old so for a centre-half he is not yet ready to begin his playing career at the club, so he needs to go and gather enough experience.