After a slightly less than impressive debut season for Arsenal, well half season as he joined us in the January transfer window, Nacho Monreal has really come good. Even with Kieran Gibbs fit and in form last season, the Spaniard had cemented his status as the first choice of Arsene Wenger.
In the last few months there have been many Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with seemingly every central defender that may be available. Some of the big name players like Mats Hummels really get the fans going, while Arsene Wenger watchers think it is more realistic that the Frenchman will sign some unheard of teenager from the French second division.
It feels like things are really on the up for Arsenal Football Club, with money in the bank, top new players in the squad and a shiny new FA cup trophy in the cabinet. But if the Gunners are to avoid the disappointment of last season in the Premier League and Champions League, I think we need our luck to change.
There are growing rumours that the Arsenal vice-captain could be on his way out of the club this summer. With the Gunners being linked with the likes of Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, Mikel Arteta was already facing the prospect of much less time on the pitch for Arsenal next season.
Arsene Wenger may be set to spend more money in this summer transfer window than in any other since he joined the club back in 1996, but the Gunners’ spending spree is still likely to be beaten by a number of clubs around Europe, maybe even three or four in the Premier League.
The highly experienced Athletico Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta has been linked with a move to Arsenal recently, and it seems that the Venezuelan international is keen to make a move to the Premier League, despite interest from Russia.
After Arsenal lost at home to Bayern Munich three weeks ago, their midfielder Franck Ribery admitted that the German side was surprised at how easy the Gunners had made it for them. He certainly had a point, especially on their goals which were all quite preventable. Not many football experts expect Arsenal to overturn the 3-1 deficit, but the Bayern players are steeling themselves for a much better performance in the second leg.
It was only a few wekks ago when the name of Fernando Amorebieta was relatively unknown in England. That was before the Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with a transfer to Arsenal. Now the Venezuelan international is being tracked by a host of clubs, including Everton, Liverpool and Stoke City. The latest club to show concrete interest in the 27-year old is the Russian outfit Anzhi Makachkala, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.