Arsenal youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos aka “Dinos” is a 20 year old Greek defender and a juggernaut of a player.
Born in the ancient city of Athens in Greece, Dinos started his football career at an early age of 11, starring in the youth side of Apollon Smyrni until the age of 18, where he signed a senior contract of 3 1/2 years with PAS Giannina.
Making his competitive debut in the Greek Cup for PAS Giannina, where he played a full 90 minutes and ensured a victory for his team by helping to keep a clean sheet.
Konstantinos Mavropanos first senior goal for PAS Giannina, came on the first day of the 2017/18 season, a year after signing on against Asteras Tripoli.
His traits include a variety of composed displays in the heart of defence. Standing at 6ft 4inches, this teenage sensation has an outstanding aerial presence for his age.
Furthermore, his composure on the ball even when under pressure from opponents, is remarkably calm.
During his stay at PAS Giannina, he made 23 appearances for them and scored a total of 3 goals in all competitions.
During the Winter window, January 18th 2018 to be precise, The Gunners signed him over as an exceptional talent.
Truly exceptional is his talent as witnessed in his premier league debut for The Gunners against Manchester united at Old Trafford.
Despite losing the game 2-1, his contributions were had to miss as he continuously kept Lukaku out of the game.
With 4 clearances, 1 successful taselection. 2 successful duels the game, he proved he was capable of breaking into the first team selection.
With his height, body structure and agility, Konstantinos Mavropanos looks set to remind football fans around the world, of Thuram of Juventus….#wayback.
With Per Mertesacker not eager to return to playing and Laurent Koscienly playing through pain week in and out, he looks like a sure bet to fill into their boots.
Here’s are extracts from his unveiling;
I’m dynamic and passionate, I don’t want to miss a challenge and I don’t want to miss a game,”
Having started out as a more advanced player in his early playing days due to his size, his ability to take on any opponent in a one-on- one situation despite being a defender, was born
There’s no doubt in my mind that Konstantinos Mavropanos is definitely going to a major part of The North London side’s defensive make up in the future.
Preparations continue towards to 2nd leg clash against Atletico Madrid, at the Wanda Metropolitano this Thursday night.