If this had happened a year ago then I do not think that too many Arsenal fans would have been all that bothered, because the Spanish international Nacho Monreal had not had the most impressive first full season as a Gunner. He was clearly the second choice behind our England international Kieran Gibbs and seemed to be suffering a crisis of confidence.
So not only has he proved his ability on the pitch this season, overtaking Gibbs in the plans of Arsene Wenger, but he has showed great strength of character in order to do so. That is why the rumour that he was wanted back in Spain by La Liga’s Athletic Bilbao and was ready to leave was a big blow to us.
Monreal, however, has now revealed that he does not want to leave Arsenal, as reported by The Mirror. The left back is more than happy where he is and with just a year left on his current contract, Monreal has declared that he is ready to sign an extension and stay in north London.
He said, “I have one more year on my contract and I would like to stay.
“I am very lucky to play for Arsenal, and am very happy to play for Arsenal. If the boss wants me to stay, I will – and I’d like to extend my contract.”
I am fairly sure that the boss will want him to stay and at 29-years old we do not need to worry about him slowing down for a few years. The only person connected with Arsenal who might not be pleased with this transfer development is Kieran Gibbs but hopefully it will push the Englishman on to greater things.
Those two highlight just how much strength in depth the Gunners now have in many positions but which one will be first choice next season?