Has Wenger’s new formation saved Monreal’s Arsenal career?

When rumors of an Arsenal move for the Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac emerged, the first thought on everyone’s mind was that the Bosnian will take the place of Nacho Monreal, who has had a topsy-turvy campaign this term to say the least. With age not on the side of the player either, it seemed as though it was going to be a matter of time before he was shown the door at the Emirates.

But ever since Arsenal changed into a back-three system, the Spaniard has excelled and put in some really good performances. Nacho has played every game since Arsenal made the switch and has adapted extremely well to the new wing-back role and has also displayed versatility by playing as a centre-back in the three-man defence. Despite an error or two, his positional awareness has been good and perhaps the best aspect of his game is the attacking outlet he provides while bombing down Arsenal’s left side.

With Kolasinac now seemingly on his way after bidding farewell to his teammates and the fans during Schalke’s final game in the Bundesliga, it remains to be seen as to what the future holds for the former Malaga man. But in my opinion, his high fitness levels and attacking prowess along with his versatility will be valuable assets for the club going forward, despite the imminent arrival of the Schalke star.

Because Arsenal have shifted to a three-at-the-back system, there is always room for an extra defender and the fact that Nacho is versatile in terms of positioning works in his favour. So with that being said, I fully expect the Spanish international to continue his stay at the Emirates. Let’s hope that he carry on the form of the latter parts of the season into the Gunners’ next campaign.



  1. Juhi McLovin says:

    Nacho is 31, and not particularly good at duels.

    I know Gibbs isn’t all that, but is he that bad as a backup? How many LB’s are there who are as good as Gibbs as a backup?`

    If and when Kolasinac arrives, he will take the #1 spot no doubt. I reckon Monreal wouldn’t want to play second fiddle, which Gibbs was born to do hah.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Gibbs is a decent backup, but £60,000 a week for a decent backup is too much. He’s been at Arsenal for years, and not done anything (same with most of the squad), so it’s time sell him.

      Monreal has been excellent of late, but a poor season overall. Considering his age as well, maybe it’s time to gradually faze him out, whilst we see how good Kolasinac is?

      Even if Kolasinac is rubbish, he’ll still get at least eight years at the club as long as Wenger’s still around haha!

    2. gotanidea says:

      I think Kolasinac will play as central defender more, because Arsenal might lose Mertesacker and Gabriel next season.

  2. amb98 says:

    Although Nacho is ageing and has had some inconsistent moments this season, I would definitely have him over Gibbs. Nacho is much better in possession, has a much better final ball compared to Gibbs, is more versatile and is more defensively aware. Would be nice to see some healthy competition between Kolasinac and Monreal next season.

  3. Vanpayslip doesn't like how P Diddy did Shyne with different lawyers says:

    Wenger ruined it and then fixed it. All for the measly sum of £8m a year

  4. ArseOverTit says:

    Has Wenger’s new formation saved his career (again)?

    Probably..although not hopefully

  5. Break-on-through says:

    Yes that’s all well and good but Monreal was also a huge hindrance to us this season. At first I thought it’s a blip he’ll shake it off, but then it got worse and worse. To let him off the hook would be the equivalent of forgiving Arsenal then praising them for their last few games. We got Kolasinac because he (Monreal) can’t be relied on, if he had of played like this all season, I have no doubt ..Arsene would hold off on getting another fullback. And we wouldn’t be asking for one except maybe a wonder-kid to take Gibbs place. That said, going by his latest games occasionally the man has looked like Rambo. Seeing him lately you’d have to ask what was the bloody story with him during the season, was it some life issue we didn’t hear about or did he just drop his focus and it effected his confidence, I don’t know but someone should ask.

  6. lord wafflebury says:

    Nacho is the most under rated player we have. I have said it before and i will say it again, he is a model professional..never in the media, no fancy stupid haircut, no tattoos…just goes about his business on the pitch plus he has a great looking wife ! The new wing back role suits him plus he has a good understanding with sanchez and is probably the best crosser of the ball we have.
    A lot of you jump on the age band wagon but as long as he stays fit and injury free he could go on for a few more years yet ..witness lahm and danni alves, two world class full backs well into their 30s.
    I have not seen this kolsiniac guy play but i think he is going to have his work cut out displacing nacho so imo i think it should be gibbs we cash in on.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs