Arsenal star gets deserved international call up at last

Nacho Monreal has been one of the most consistent defenders for Arsenal in recent years and was ranked highly alongside Laurent Koscielny as one of the better defenders at the club. Monreal’s form since late 2014 has seen him displace Kieran Gibbs for good, so much so that the Englishman rarely sees the pitch and he has now been rewarded with a call up to his national side.

Whilst many had thought that it was a travesty that Monreal wasn’t making the Spanish national side for many years, since 2013 in fact when he moved to Arsenal, you have to remember that Spain did see the rise of Jordi Alba at Barcelona. With this in mind, as much as I think Monreal is a top quality left back, Alba displaces Monreal like how Monreal displaces Gibbs. Today however it has been released that Monreal has received a late call up to the Spain squad for this round of World Cup Qualifying fixtures, after Alba picked up an injury.

It will come as quite a shock for Monreal, who probably felt his international career may have been over after not being picked for three years, however he now has a potential chance to impress and get himself back into the side with this opportunity. Admittedly in my opinion Monreal has not been at his best this season and his form has deteriorated since the last campaign. He has still been relatively solid, but has been caught out on a few occasions and left us vulnerable on occasion down the left hand side. A break from the intensity of club football during the international fixtures no doubt would’ve been good for Monreal. He could relax a little, but also work hard in training to raise the bar again. Now however he’ll find himself in a rush to get to Albania for Spain’s World Cup Qualifying match, so Arsene Wenger won’t get the time he’ll need to work with the 30 year old’s form.

Other news coming from the Spain camp is that Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin was back in training today after receiving very positive results on his injury scare a few days back. It seems that the young right back will be free and fit to continue with the Gunners as soon as he gets back to London, rather than be ruled out for a number of weeks as feared.



  1. Arsenal Target says:

    Yes! Oui! Si! Ja!

  2. Ugabooga says:

    Congratulations to him.

    It us always a privilege to represent your country.
    He will have more confidence and reason to perform, but it is too late for him. He won’t be there in euros or wc.

    Well at least we will benefit from this I think.

  3. Alexis the Great says:

    It is certainly about time! One of our most consistent players.

  4. Wilshegz says:

    I’m happy for Monreal and Gibbs, it’s been a long time coming for Monreal, hopefully he cements his spot in the squad.
    Monreal to Alba is just like Juanfran to Bellerin
    the former are better defensively, the latter better offensively.
    just that Spain NT have always had some form of sentiment against EPL players.

  5. Wilshegz says:

    in all of England, Leighton Baines is the only Left Back heads and shoulder above Gibbs, Gibbs prob has basically been injury and subsequently being benched. I’ll take Gibbs over the Overrated Shaw, one-dimensional Rose, or even Bertrand every day of the week and none of those ll do better than warm the bench at Arsenal cos Monreal is ahead of all.

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