The Greek defender, who signed a new contract with the Gunners before spending the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Stuttgart, admitted his future with Arsenal is yet to be decided as the door is left open for Stuttgart stay.
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, the Greece international said: “I can’t say that at the moment (if I will return to Arsenal).
“Things can change quickly in football. I still have two months here in Stuttgart and would like to end the season with the team as high up as possible.
“The door at VfB is open for me [to stay another year] – that’s very good, but I can only think specifically about the future when we have talks with Arsenal for the new season.”
As one of Arsene Wenger’s last signings, Mavropanos has only made eight appearances for the Gunners since signing for the club in 2018.
Along with William Saliba, the 23-year-old has been allowed to head out of north London in search of gaming time.
However, Mikel Arteta has been eager to point out that two highly-rated defenders remain part of his thinking. He said: “We’re having meetings very often to assess what they’re doing and obviously we’re getting all the information and watching their games because I want to keep a very close eye on what they’re doing.
“We were talking for example with Ben Knapper, who is our loan manager, who is in charge of monitoring everything we are doing, and we are in contact with the players. Let’s see.
“It’s good news that they are playing and it’s 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.”