Mikel Arteta keeping tabs on Arsenal transfer loanees William Saliba and Mavropanos with view to bringing them back
3rd March 2021

MIKEL ARTETA is keeping a "very close eye" on Arsenal's loaned-out centre-backs Dinos Mavropanos and William Saliba.

Greek giant Mavropanos, 23, is impressing for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, while Frenchman Saliba, 19, was Nice's player of the month in January.


Now Gunners' boss Arteta has more than hinted they both have a serious chance of breaking through on their return to the Emirates.

He said: "We are having meetings very often to assess what they are doing.

"Obviously we are getting all the information and watching their games because I want to keep a very close eye on what they are doing.

"We were talking yesterday with our loan's manager Ben Knapper, who is in charge of monitoring everything that we are doing.

"We are in contact with the players and let's see. 

"It's good news that they're playing and good news that they have the possibility to have a lot of minutes, because that's going to give us a much better perception of where they are and how we can use them."

Saliba has been widely hailed for his form back in Ligue 1.

Arsenal previously loaned out the Under-20 international to his first club Saint-Etienne last season.

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And Mavropanos too has racked up noteworthy stats this term, reportedly drawing attention from around Europe.

In 849 minutes of top-flight action in Germany, his passing accuracy is 79.5 per cent and he has won 73 per cent of his aerial duels, also providing one assist.

His Gunners' contract runs until  2023.

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