LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Konstantinos Mavropanos of Arsenal warms up prior to the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Arsenal travel to Burnley in their final Premier League match on Sunday afternoon. Here are three key players to watch as the young players rise into the first team.
A long and somewhat arduous Premier League season will come to a close this Sunday afternoon.Arsenal, after a late-season collapse, will now finish outside the top four and could slip as low as sixth should results go against them, travel to Burnley to end Unai Emery’s first season at the helm. With little to play for and a Europa League final on the horizon, could Emery be tempted to rotate his squad a little?
Here are three key players to watch on Sunday, all of which are young talents who need to earn a greater role with their performances.
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: James McArthur of Crystal Palace is tackled by Konstantinos Mavropanos of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
3. Dinos Mavropanos
It has been a season to forget forDinos Mavropanos. His troubles embroiled in a groin injury that has lingered throughout almost the whole campaign, the Greek defender has not been handed the opportunity to move his way up in Unai Emery’s thinking.
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Nevertheless, he is still a talented player who Emery clearly would like to use more given his starts against Watford and Crystal Palace. As such, he could be in line to feature on Sunday. And if he does, he would like to put what has been an utterly miserable campaign behind him with a good outing.
Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood will pose a unique threat for Mavropanos and the Arsenal defence. But he has the size to deal with their aerial prowess and may even relish the physical battle that they commit every central defender to. It would be nice to see him play at or close to his best before the summer.