Emery keen on Arsenal contract for star defender – but for how long?

Nacho Monreal may be getting on a bit, but he is still two years younger than Stephan Lichtsteiner, who looks like a spring chicken on the pitch. The Arsenal left-back has already stated that he is very happy to stay with the Gunners, when he said: I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.

“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”

“That is my idea, that is what I want,”

And now the coach Unai Emery has also given his blessing for the Spaniard, as he said in today’s press conference: “First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and at Malaga. After six years here, I came here and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal,” Emery said.

“After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.

“The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.”

So now I’m guessing the only question is how long will the new contract be? Lichtsteiner just got a one-year contract, so will Monreal get the same?



  1. gotanidea says:

    Has any 32 year old player ever got a two year contract from Arsenal?

    1. Declan says:

      Not in Wenger’s era no, but this is Emery’s era so it’s all new and I’m not knocking Wenger, just stating the obvious.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Thanks for the info

        I think the one year contract policy for 32 year old player or older in Wenger’s era is good to boost the player’s motivation

        Hopefully Monreal gets it, if he doesn’t go to Barcelona

  2. Yossarian says:

    Nothing wrong with giving Monreal a 2-year contract. He’s in good shape & playing better than ever, so why not?

    No reason for somebody that isn’t injury prone and that looks after themselves not to be able to play at the top level until they’re 34/35.

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