Life must seem like a bit of a whirlwind for the new Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal. The 26-year old Spanish international was probably expecting no excitement in the transfer window as he was preparing to join the Gunners in the summer. Then Gibbs’ injury on Wednesday forced Arsene Wenger to bring forward the move, meaning Monreal getting on a flight to London yesterday and just managing to finalise the transfer before the deadline.
There is a good chance that he will start his first Arsenal match against Stoke tomorrow, despite having hardly any time to get to know his team mates. I’m sure that Stoke will be planning to give him a quick introduction to the agricultural tactics sometimes used in English football, but I’m sure that his old friend Cazorla and compatriot Arteta will prepare him well. Hopefully we will see more of his attacking ability against the Potters rather than how well he defends.
After that, Monreal will be packing his bags again and heading out with Cazorla to join up with the rest of the Spanish national team and flying to Qatar for a friendly against Uruguay on Wednesday. He has got the super talented Barcelona left back Jordi Alba to contend with, but will hope to get his 10th international cap.
He may have time to pick up a few belongings in Malaga before flying back to England for another bruising encounter at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland next Saturday. After that he can have a week off, sort of. Welcome to Arsenal, Nacho, I hope you are ready.