Sven Mislintat hints Arsenal made huge error of judgement with ‘leader’ Dinos Mavropanos

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Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat has hinted that Arsenal made a mistake in their decision to loan out Dinos Mavropanos. The centre-half continues to impress in the Bundesliga, with Mislintat hailing him as a “leader” after he scored his fourth goal of the season and made a crucial block in his side’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Mavropanos is in his second season on loan at Stuttgart, having impressed in his 21 Bundesliga appearances for them last term.

The German outfit have an obligation to buy him for €3million (£2.5m) if he helps them remain in the top flight, or they can sign the 23-year-old for free if they are relegated.

Mavrapanos cost Arsenal just under £2m when they signed him from PAS Giannina in his native Greece back in 2018, and made just eight first-team appearances before being loaned to Nuremberg in January 2020.

And while the defender has suffered with some injury issues, Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Mislintat believes the Gunners may have made an error in letting him go so cheaply.

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“You saw a lot of potential at Dinos Mavropanos when he was still playing in Greece,” said Mislintat, quoted by German publication Heidenheimer Zeitung.

“His speed, his aggressiveness, his headball strength – he brings a lot with him to become a top level central defender.

Mislintat, who was Arsenal’s head of recruitment between 2017 and 2019, was speaking after Mavropanos scored from 30 yards to give Stuttgart the lead against Gladbach on Saturday.

The defender also made a crucial intervention at the other end, with a spectacular block on Alassane Plea which was celebrated by team-mates and fans almost as much as his goal.

Mislintat said: “He is on the way to becoming a leader because he leads the field with performance and mentality.”

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Mavropanos was described as “top quality” in training by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

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And last season he was hailed as “a gladiator” and “a monster” by Stuttgart manager Pellegrino Matarazzo.

“He’s our gladiator,” Matarazzo told reporters.

“He’s a monster in terms of physique. And when he makes a mistake, he hums around some Greek swear words.

“I like that. He’s just a tough dog.”

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