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Arsenal reportedly signed Kostantinos Mavropanos without Arsene Wenger’s knowledge according to a report in today’s edition of the Daily Mail.
Sam Mokbel writes, “Whoever replaces Wenger is unlikely to have the iron grip over transfers that he enjoyed during his reign as it emerges that Konstantinos Mavropanos was signed without the 68-year- old being consulted.
“The Greek defender arrived in January and made his senior debut in the defeat at Manchester United. But it is understood Wenger had virtually no input into the decision to sign the 20-year-old from PAS Giannina.
“The circumstances surrounding Mavropanos’s signing provide a clear indication of the direction Arsenal are headed in terms of their transfer strategy.
“Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat’s influence has grown significantly since his arrival in November. Mavropanos was signed on his recommendation. Wenger had fought hard to keep total control over the club’s recruitment but Mislintat will almost certainly become the key voice over transfers once a new boss is appointed.”
That would certainly fit with what was rumoured and given Arsene Wenger’s comments after the player was first signed, it does indeed seem like the player was signed without Wenger.
‘That Greek boy’. That’s how Arsene Wenger referred to him during his post Nottingham Forest press conference.
‘That Greek boy’.
He could have said ‘we’ve already signed a defender’ when asked about his likely transfer dealings during the January transfer window, or even simply said ‘we’ve already signed someone’.
As far as Greek names go, it’s one of the easier ones to say but even if Wenger thought he’d make a hash of it, there were plenty of ways he could have referred to Dinos (see, there’s one) that would have showed far less disdain for the 20-year-old’s arrival.