Arsene Wenger has approved new Arsenal signing Konstantinos Mavrapanos is not yet ready to represent the first team and will be instantly sent out on loan.
The Greek centre-half’s arrival was affirmed on Thursday as the Gunners made their first deal of the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old had made only 16 features in the Greek Super League, but they were enough for Arsenal to spend around £2million to acquire his signature.
Per Mertesacker is set to resign at the end of the season, while the 33-year-old Laurent Koscielny has already spoken already spoken of his excitement to complete his career at Lorient.
Nacho Monreal has been used as an assisting centre-back this season, while England Under-21 internationals Rob Holding and Calum Chambers both started Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
Despite the lack choices he has at his disposal, Wenger admits Mavropanos is not yet ready to make his Premier League bow.
‘He’s with us, yes,’ confirmed Wenger ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Nottingham Forest.
‘The plan is that he goes out on loan to play somewhere.
It can be a German club. ‘I prefer him to play, where it doesn’t matter, that he plays at the top level and gains experience.
‘He is 20 years old so for a central defender he is not ready to start with his, so he needs to get experience.’