Will Mavropanos have a space in Arteta's squad next season?
STUTTGART, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Konstantinos Mavropanos of VfB Stuttgart Looks on during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Schalke 04 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on February 27, 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

After being called up to the national side midweek, Konstantinos Mavropanos has become an interest within Arsenal fans, whether he will return to Arsenal as a part of Mikel Arteta's plans. 

The defender moved to the German side during the Summer window of 2020, and since his arrival he has certainly impressed.

Mavropanos assisted his side in beating Hoffenheim 2-0 at the weekend, being named in the Bundesliga team of the week due to his performance.

The Greek played a key role in his side's success. The defender made five interceptions, seven recoveries and clearances, as well as winning three aerial duals.

Accompanied with the clean sheet, it has been another great week within the Greek's camp. After beating Schalke 5-1 in late February, the defender had made 84 interceptions after 12 games.

The 23 year old is being kept a close eye on by boss Arteta, hoping to return to fight for his place.

Due to Stuttgart not being able to match the Greek's contract terms with Arsenal, the likelihood of the defender returning is high. But ultimately, the decision is down to the Gunners.

But will the defender have a chance in making his way back into the Arsenal first team?

David Luiz & Gabriel

The Brazilian paring of David Luiz and Gabriel has become a fan favourite, as well as with Arteta.

The commanding and experienced Luiz alongside the young and talented Gabriel have been the base of a stronger Arsenal spine this season. 

However, Luiz's contract with the Gunners is coming to an end this June 2021. The 33 year old has certainly put in a shift under Arteta, proving critics wrong. The question is, will Arsenal extend the defender's contract?

If not, Mavropanos may have an avenue to return to the Spaniard's starting line up, filling in for the Brazilian.

Pablo Mari & Rob Holding

Although Luiz may be moving away from north London after this league campaign, Mavropanos has other defenders to compete against. 

As well as the Brazilian partners, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding is another partnership Arteta has trust in. 

The pair, especially Mari, have displayed excellence when counted on, providing depth for Arsenal's rotating and resting squad.

Both defenders have years left on their contracts, and by the looks of things, they are both part of Arteta's plans.

There is much competition for the Greek to out-perform.

William Saliba

It's not just Mavropanos that Arteta needs to consider for next season. William Saliba, on loan to OGC Nice, is also returning to north London in the Summer.

The Frenchman, similarly to Mavropanos, has been impressive while playing in his home nation. 

Saliba could return in place of David Luiz this Summer, instead of Mavropanos.

The defender is yet to make a senior appearance for the club after a difficult period with the Gunners. 

But, Saliba won Nice's Player of the Month for January, as well as playing 90 minutes in all of his 12 starts.

As of March the fifth, William Saliba had not been dribbled past for 990 minutes of football. The only player higher than him was Arsenal's David Luiz.

Saliba will also be looking to return to the Emirates and break into the first team, which is more competition for Mavropanos.

What does this mean for the Greek?

Taking all of this into account, Mavropanos may have a difficult task when it comes to making his way back into Arteta's starting 11.

With David Luiz and Gabriel being the main priority, with Holding and Mari just behind, he has a lot of boundaries to break down.

However, with the performances that have been displayed in recent times, as well as his young age, the Greek defender has time and definitely a chance to make an impression.

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