Arsenal could sign a new Tavlaridis, apparently: Kostas Manolas. We're favourites to sign him say reports in the Metro. Am I excited? Not really. Why? I'll explain.
Manolas is a current Greece international and only 23. The best is yet to come and Greeks are good defenders, generally, but where's ex-Gunner Efstathios Tavlaridis now? I'll tell you: he's in Athens, playing for Atromitos. He was an excellent prospect, but didn't last long at Arsenal for some reason. Given that he cost £1m as a 21-year-old and seemed to have bags of talent, I think he's underachieved by his own standards.
Going back to Manolas, apparently he was left out of Olympiacos's squad, which has fuelled rumours of an imminent move. Seeing as we have a good working relationship with the Greek club, perhaps we'll find out soon whether or not he will be our new Tavlaridis. If so, let's hope he reaches his full potential with us.
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