Malaga star moves to Emirates Stadium and is now an Arsenal player.
Arsenal have completed the signing of Nacho Monreal from Malaga CF for a fee reported to be around €10 million.
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The Spain international joins on a long term deal, and will compete with Kieran Gibbs for the left back spot at Emirates Stadium.
Monreal has been a transfer target for the Gunners for a few months now, but it was believed that manager Arsene Wenger was lining up a deal for the summer.
Gibbs’ injury and Andre Santos’ ineptitude have resulted in Arsenal attempting to force the signing through earlier, and it appears that the club have finally got their man.
“We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us,” said Arsene Wenger.
“We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we’ve been able to agree this move today.
“Monreal is a strong left-sided defender with good experience at both club and international level.
“He is a technically gifted player, a good crosser in the final third and strong in the air. Monreal will add quality to our squad and of course, to our defensive unit.
“We all look forward to him playing for us.”
At time of writing however, Santos remains an Arsenal player, and fans of the north London club will be petrified at the thought of having to deploy him against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Having already participated in the competition for Malaga, Monreal is ineligible for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has now seemingly realised that Santos is a liability on the pitch, and will likely instead deploy either Thomas Vermaelen at left back, or even Bacary Sagna on that side with Carl Jenkinson on the right.
The right-footed Sagna would then be able to nullify Arjen Robben’s trick of cutting inside onto his favoured left.
Arsenal have clearly lost faith in Santos – but at least that it is one of the key reasons that Nacho Monreal has moved to the Emirates Stadium.
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