Konstantinos Mavropanos, on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg from Arsenal, has spoken to the club’s official website about life in lockdown.
Separated from his girlfriend and family, as well as his new teammates he admitted it had been “difficult” being on his own, even if he was able to keep in touch with them remotely.
“I only know my teammates (in Nuremberg), and I couldn’t see them anymore. I distracted myself by training at home and did everything I could to stay fit.”
He also talked about how he filled the rest of his time, primarily watching TV and playing on his Playstation, as well as keeping in touch with friends and family.
Despite the unique circumstances of things at the moment, he has nevertheless settled in well with his loan club, and has made the most of the opportunity to play games after misfortune with injuries back at Arsenal, as well as experience life in a new city.
“The move to Nuremberg was the best solution for me, because I also wanted to find myself… I feel better myself now, I am fit and have the necessary strength.”
The 22-year-old has impressed in Germany. Whilst his debut for Der Club, a 4-1 defeat to Hamburger SV, could have gone better for the 22-year-old, he subsequently left his mark. A superb last ditch clearance ultimately helped his side earn a point against 1. FC Heidenheim.
His professionalism, in particular, has been praised by some of his team mates, with central defensive partner Georg Margreitter saying that “from day one he works hard, has no jokes in his head and tries to communicate and get involved.”
Mavropanos remains on loan with Nürnberg until the end of the season, although there have been some suggestions he could remain next year. Of course, Arsenal fans would love him to come back and see if he can build on the early potential he showed under the stewardship of Mikel Arteta next season.
Either way, he should be back in action on Sunday with his side travel to Hamburg to face FC St. Pauli.