Why would Arsenal sell Nacho Monreal?

There are always some Arsenal transfer rumours put about that make no sense at all to me. But the reports continue that Real Sociedad are trying hard to persuade Arsenal to sell Nacho Monreal, who was one of our most consistent performers last season.

This is how the Mirror described the situation….

Nacho Monreal could be heading for the exit at Arsenal with Real Sociedad keen.

The Spain international has two years left on his Gunners contract, which includes a one-year option.

His desire to leave is not strong, but Unai Emery does not have big plans for the 32-year-old.

After losing Alvaro Odriozola to Real Madrid for €30m, Spanish football journalist Kike Marin believes Monreal is now on their radar.

It is not an easy deal though and convincing Monreal to leave London appears difficult.

But I guess in the new Unai Emery revolution, perhaps he would consider that selling a 32 year-old for a tidy sum would be good business, especially if he is replaced by a much younger version. Also, being Spanish, maybe Monreal would prefer to end his career in his home country as it is surely just a matter of time before he thinks about retiring.-

Who thinks selling Nacho would be a good idea?

Sam P


  1. Unai Emery says:

    Nacho is the most reliable player we have in our team , especially on the ball…. No point in selling him that is unless if the gaffer wishes to use Cohen brammall as Kolasinac’s understudy…

    1. gotanidea says:

      He is old and we have Kolasinac already

      He is always a very good player, but it is time for regeneration

      1. kev says:

        Sometimes I wonder if I watch the same matches as some of you here.Nacho Monreal bar his goals last season was not good at all.His strengths have always been 1v1 defending and overlapping.
        He was torn apart last season by many players and could barely put in a decent cross.
        As for Kolasinac he was good when the season begun and in some matches of the Europa league but after contributed absolutely nothing going forward.At times when Bellerin,Monreal and Kolasinac are with the ball I feel hopeless because they always let you down with their crosses and decision making.
        Sell him and get someone better.Im tired of seeing zero penetration from our full backs.But of course we always let emotions cloud our judgement of players as usual.

    2. Declan says:

      Sorry but I do not rate Kolasinac at all.

  2. Unai Emery says:

    And for the guys who wants Ramsey out….. Aaron Ramsey is one of the most talented midfielders we have, and also he has a Kante level engine which is priceless. The only thing he needs to work on is his positional discipline which I know Unai will have it solved

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Ramsey is like an iPhone. Alot of hype but beneath the surface very basic.

      1. Reyesorarsenal says:

        Ayemi temibami ???

        1. Admin says:


        2. Naija Jollof says:

          Oh my God! Apostle must hear of this ?

        3. Senile says:

          Lol…Yoruba boy. Writ3366e in English, please.

      2. gotanidea says:

        I thought you slated Android before?

        1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          I did but I bought an S9 yesterday

    2. kev says:

      They can start crying blood because not only is he going to sign a new contract but he’s going to be the captain.This would surely leave bad taste in the mouth of people.Does he deserve this mega contract?No.But looking at the past ten or so years who’s shocked?We might as well start supporting him because let’s face it at least he’s got end product which is very very important in soccer.

      1. rkw says:

        agree with you on monreal and ramsey’s abilities … it would be a travesty if ramsey was given a pay rise let alone the captaincy … and we would be in a walcott 2.0 situation and like with the whippet it is surely telling that despite his contract situation no big club has put out feelers … but you have been wrong before kev … come in barcelona we need your help!!!

    3. Durand says:

      Unai Emery, I’m sorry i harshed you on another thread. You haven’t managed a match yet, and I’m already questioning you.
      Ramsey and discipline is a great first step. How about decision making, technical ability, finishing, and please banish forever his ridiculously unnecessary heel flicks.

      Oh, and you are a madman if you think 200k per week sounds right. Welbeck runs around like mad too, with little to show for it also. He probably should get 200k for his engine.

      1. ACE says:

        Ramsey may have a turbocharged V12 under
        the hood but unfortuately it sure spends a
        considerable amount of time in the shop.

        Why cant Gunners around the world embrace
        the transparent reality that Ramsey and Ozil
        CAN NEVER SUCCEFULLY feature together in
        Arsenals starting midfield. Ozil, whether you
        love him or hate him is a true #10 that should
        concetrate on pulling the offensive strings in
        the attacking end of the pitch. Although I do
        commend Ramseys work rate he isnt a B2B
        midfielder and sadly spends far to much time
        senselessly bombing forward while neglecting
        his defensive responsibilities. Playing both him
        and Ozil brings an incredible imbalance to the
        midfield that is further exacerbated by Xhaka’s
        lack of mobility and positional awareness.

        One of the two needs to be moved on and sadly
        for the majority of Ramsey supporters Ozils ridiculous wages makes the Welshman more
        likely to be sacrificed.

        As i mentioned in a previous thread wouldnt the
        majority of Arsenal fans celebrate the sales of
        Ospina, El Neny, Welbeck and Ramsey if it
        offered the opportunity to acquire a Doucoure/
        N’Zonzi and Lozano/Malcolm combination?

        1. Durand says:

          Ace we both see it the same, and are considering replacements and their potential, rather than the “potential” in a 27 year old that Emery can somehow magically unlock?

          Lastly, I chuckle when I hear that said about Ramsey. 10 years at Arsenal, and there’s untapped potential?

          Yet Mustafi, once on German National team, (harder to make than Wales), is rubbish after 1/5 service time of Ramsey?

          Emery can fix Ramsey, but Mustafi a lost cause? SMH.

          Guess people shake their heads about my comments on Ramsey. If you go looking for something, very often you find it. The good or the bad, or maybe even bit of both.

      2. jon fox says:

        Do I detect a certain sarcasm(he asked, sarcastically)? I do wonder how many other football fans, anywhere, who consider themselves to be fair minded are also prone to criticising a new manager BEFORE he has even managed. It would be awful to have another 22 year reign go uncriticized, so , I’ll tell you what; lets start the criticism BEFORE he has even started. Now that looks sensible, from an asylum cell when wearing a straitjacket!

        1. Ozziegunner says:


  3. Howard says:

    Sell him. He’s lost a yard of pace and we should fear Chelsea, Spurs, Pool, City and Manu in the coming season. Not special in post Arsene Wenger era, we’re rebuilding and will not fit in.

  4. Counsel says:

    How will Emery cope with man city in the first game of the the season given he has never beaten pep even with mbappe,Cavani,IBRA(then) a team with 75% world class players in the squad! My point is Emery as the head coach should not be allowed to make unilateral decision in buying and selling players until he proves himself in the toughest league in the world…this EPL we are talking about and not league 1 where some players are pig farmers!

    1. Unai Emery says:

      When did Unai face Pep with Mbappe Cavanni and Ibra…. Unai never played Pep with PSG… A bit of homework required

      1. Vero says:

        Unai Emery has never won a single game against Pep,Mourinho and Klopp

        1. Admin says:

          He never had a team like Arsenal’s before!

        2. AY75 says:

          Didn’t he beat Klopp in the Europa finals?

      2. Counsel says:

        @unai they were in the same league in Spain and he was sacked for little success with the most expensive squad in Europe I meant

        1. Someone says:

          little success !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are a troll.

          1. Counsel says:

            @someone he lost the title to Jardim of Monaco PSG does not brag for winning league 1 it’s monotonous they have done it for many years,what the owners want is European glory and the have broken the transfer record for that,they invested for it.You think emery is the magical man! shame on you!

          2. James 79 says:

            Why don’t give the guy a chance. He hasn’t managed one game with arsenal yet & anyway what do you think the result would be against city if wenger was still in charge!

          3. jon fox says:

            Yes! Why don’t we all start a campaign entitled “Emery out”. After all he has already been here around 8 weeks and not even won the treble yet. Must be rubbish, according to some. And just to think that you and I are just two of those thousands of “idiot” Gooners, who are daft enough to believe he should have a chance to manage before receiving criticism of his “bad management.”

          4. Ozziegunner says:


        2. ACE says:

          The worst thing that happened to Emery @
          PSG was signing Neymar. Dude is a WC
          CANCER that adversely effects every team
          that he inevitably sabotages. Money aside
          Barca knew exactly what they were doing
          when they shipped him to Paris.

          Emery, sans maybe Ozil will have a collection
          of talented, drama free players that will aim
          to impress him during the preseason. Im
          optimistic will see more Europa League
          Sevilla than CL PSG this season

      3. Tim says:

        I’m afraid.. The last time I checked I found out that Unai Emery never played Pep with those players you mentioned.. Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Mbappe etc with his former club PSG.. Pls check your record well before making yourself a laughing stock before the public

        1. Counsel says:

          I clarified my statement up there you fool

          1. Angello says:

            If there is any fool here, it’s definitely you mate, shut the f*** up and wait till Unai fails. From your comments I have noticed you are one of the plastic fans who pray for Arsenal to fail just to justify your stupid love for your fallen god Wenger. Get a life bro.

          2. Phil says:

            Now now guys-a bit less of the name calling to @Counsel.Without his often embarrassing posts like today we wouldn’t be able to rip him a new one.Claiming the PSG side even played Citeh just shows how much he knows about the game.And then to label @Tim a fool only further adds to his embarrassment.He is CLUELESS and obviously quite a fragile sort of chap when he has to result to name calling.But he is a Lawyer after all (so he says) so should we really expect anything sensible from him?

  5. snowden says:

    I was talking to my friend in the news agents one day and someone came in bought one newspaper from this selection, the Sun, the Star, The Mirror, The Mail, the Express. Which one he bought is not important.

    I said to my friend with the customer standing to me ‘I don’t know why people buy that paper, there isn’t any news in it.’

    The customer said:

    ‘Oh I don’t buy it for the news, I buy it for the jokes.’

    All transfer rumours are jokes and boring ones at that, even when they come from other newspapers I haven’t listed.

  6. Innit says:

    Ramsey is a good player but we need an upgrade to something closer to Cazorla level.

    And of course Torreira needs to go through.
    Wenger didn’t want to spend on a DM
    Emery does
    That in itself is worth the managerial change

    We need central midfielders of the quality of Kante, Pogba, Gundogan, Matic, Wanyama etc

  7. Kenya 001 Arsenal says:

    Hel no shud stay around montereal has been been more consistent player and u cant go around changing the whole team in one window

  8. jon fox says:

    Selling Monreal is not exactly first on my list of priorities but nor is it a bad idea, given his age and the fact we need a whole new defence from WENGERS REGULAR PICKS. For a decade and more we indulged a manager who had not the faintest interest in defence and who flatly refused to strengthen it. He wouldn’t recognise a top CB or CDM if one bit him. OR EVEN AN ADEQUATE ONE! But now we have a man in charge who accepts the football reality that to win things you need a proper defence and men who actually CARE and who TRY to defend. Glory be!!!

  9. nonny says:

    “[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself,” Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday. “He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla.” But his record against the current Man City manager is poor.
    In 10 meetings with Guardiola, Emery won none, drew four and lost six, at a rate of 0.4 points per game, while against Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho, he won none of his five games, drawing just once at 0.2 points per game.
    Other Premier League managers
    Of the current Premier League managers, Emery’s sides have played most against new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, winning three of his 12 games, losing six and drawing three at one point per game.
    He has a decent record against Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino (P7 W4 L2 D1 – 1.86 points per game), and has won the single game he has played against both Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp.

    that’s why he joined them at EPL to set the records right

    1. Phil says:

      Interesting stats.And to be fair there are not too many Managers who have good records against Pep Maureen Klopp and Pochettino.Just ask Arsene.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Phil, particularly with the financial resources at their disposal. Hopefully Unai Emery will make Arsenal greater than the sum of its parts. The attack if Arsenal gets a winger or Prerez succeeds out wide, looks good and Torreira, plus the other defensive imports should improve the defense. With Emery’s coaching and discipline can Arsenal develop a “champion team” to compete with so called “teams of champions”?

    2. Lance says:

      @Nonny. I like your statistical analysis on Emery v Pep, Mourinho, Pelligrini, etc. The question you didn’t address is at what point in his career did he play these managers. Is it while managing Almeria? Certainly, you wouldn’t expect Almeria to beat star-studded R. Madrid or Barca. Let’s give him the chance and see what results he will come up with against those managers. Even Wenger didn’t fare well against Pep, Mou and Klopp.

  10. W says:

    I don’t think it is reasonable to sell Monreal this summer, maybe next but not this year.
    You will never know how the team goes under the new manager, I would prefer some reliable and experienced players in our team rather than changing them all at once.

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