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Arsenal coaching staff urge Unai Emery to pick young defender over senior stars

Konstantinos Mavropanos, 21, hasn’t played a game this season as he has suffered from a variety of injury problems, however, there is an increasing belief he is the man to solve Arsenal’s defensive issues.

Goal.com journalist Chris Wheatley reports: “There is an increased belief among the Arsenal coaching staff that Mavropanos is ready to play in the first team and is in contention to be involved in senior games when he’s fully matched fit.”

The Greek centre-back signed from PAS Giannina in January last year and has made three appearances.

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