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Mavropanos the answer to defensive woes, Bernd Leno a dream signing - Arsenal talking points

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There was much surprise among the Arsenal ranks when Konstantinos Mavropanos stepped off the bus at Vicarage Road, even more so when he was named in Unai Emery's starting XI.

Or Arsenal investing just £22m to get Bernd Leno?

The Gunners head coach had indicated that he would rotate his side with an eye on Thursday's trip to Naples but no-one expected to see a rookie defender who had only seen 11 minutes of senior action this season enter the fray.



"I think Bernd is competitive with Cech and also now we are giving them two competitions, the Premier League for Leno and the Europa League for Petr Cech.

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In the cauldron of Vicarage Road Mavropanos was a composed presence, completing 96 per cent of his passes, only losing possession twice and not being afraid to punt the ball out for a corner or throw in if pressure came his way.

Mkhitaryan as a passenger is an all too familiar sight in English football.
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