Left-back signs new deal at Emirates
Arsenal Football Club have announced Nacho Monreal has signed a new long-term contract at the club.
The left-back has developed into a crucial part of Arsene Wenger‘s first-team in recent months and is now deemed above Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order after a run of consistent performances.
Monreal arrived at Arsenal from Malaga back in 2013, following the footsteps of Santi Cazorla, who made the same move a few months earlier.
The 29-year-old has played in every Premier League game so far this season and has become an ever present figure in the back-line.
After signing his new deal, Monreal spoke to the club’s official website and revealed why he chose to extend his stay in North London.
“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal,” he told Arsenal Player. “I feel really good playing here.
“I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.
“The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League.
“I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.
“I’m very happy with my performances this season,” he added. “At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.
“But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”
Wenger also spoke to the club’s website and revealed his happiness at the left-back committing to the club.
“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.
“Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well.
“He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.
“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.
“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players. We have seen another one with Alex Iwobi the other day, who has shown talent. They need to see how you behave at that level.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt