There have been Arsenal transfer rumours for the last two years about the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal making a possible return to his home country with a number of La Liga clubs linked. But earlier this month the reports began to filter through that Monreal was close to agreeing a new contract to stay at Arsenal and today that has been confirmed on the club’s official website.
The new three year deal will keep the excellent defender at the club for another three years, at which point he will be 33-years old. Given what Arsene Wenger has been saying about the newly signed Gunner, however, we have every reason to believe that Monreal could be here for even longer than that.
The Frenchman was fulsome in his praise of the former Malaga and Osasuna star, extolling his excellent professional attitude and dedication and insisting that he is a perfect role model for the other players in the Arsenal squad, especially the younger Gunners.
The manager also told Arsenal Player that he feels that Monreal has made great strides since moving to north London and is now widely regarded as one of the very best in the Premier League, which is why the very good England international Kieran Gibbs has been finding it so hard to get a place in the first team.
Wenger said, “He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back. He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.
“Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well.
“He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.
“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.
“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players. We have seen another one with Alex Iwobi the other day, who has shown talent. They need to see how you behave at that level.”
This is great news for Arsenal right now and over the next few years. Keep it up Nacho!
New article please. I thought it was about new arrival.
This is worth more than a new signing, he needs no time to settle up, he’s already home. Our most consistent player if you ask me. #ThankYouNacho
Hopefully Ozil and Alexis will follow suit, keeping our main core of players is for sure better than new signings.
Great news once again! Nacho monreal is one of, if not the best left back in the Epl that is underrated! Keep up the great work at the back mate! Coyg!
Monreal must be our most consistent player, well himself along with Ozils consistency on assists and chances created. Between those two along with Kos and Cech, Id say Monreal is most consistent performer.
Yes Nacho is the best left back in the league. He is superb in one on one and excellent in going forward.
Its really a great news that he has extended his contract. He can continue for 2 to 3 years and then pass on to Gibbs. We are really lucky for our left back situation.
Same can be said for our right backs. Bellerine we all know and Jenko will join him next season.