Who Are Ya? Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Posted by - February 1, 2013 - Arsenal, Transfer News and Gossip, Who Are Ya?

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Name: Nacho Monreal

Age: 26

Position: Left-back

Signed from: Malaga

Fee: £8.5 million

Did you know?
Monreal came through the ranks at Osasuna, breaking into the first-team just before current Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The pair soon became the Spanish side’s first-choice full-backs.

What’s the deal?
Even Arsene Wenger’s patience with Andre Santos has finally run out. With Kieran Gibbs still unable to put a decent injury-free run together, the Gunners have moved to bring in a new left-back.

Monreal is the bridesmaid of Spanish left-backs: often in the squad but usually only as deputy (initially to Joan Capdevila and more recently to Jordi Alba).

What do they say?

“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.”
Arsene Wenger