Monreal signs new Arsenal contract

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As we told you last week, Nacho Monreal has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The news was made official this morning, and the Spanish international’s stay has been extended until 2019.

Speaking to the official site, Arsene Wenger explained his reasoning behind giving him a new contract.

“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” he said. “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.”

Since joining the club in January 2013, Monreal has played 113 games, scoring 2 goals, and this season has established himself as the best left-back in the Premier League.

Great news.

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Jay Song

Get in Nacho!!
Definitely my most improved player for the last 2 seasons!!

Atef

More than Bellerin ? Don’t get me wrong Nacho evolved very well, but Bellerin completely raised the bar.

jimbo1

More improved than Coquelin and Joel Campbell? Two players who were heading out the door 18 months ago.

easy tiger

Ok, relax…

Daft Aider

Bellerin improvements are behind Monreal, but the thing about Bellerin is he’s young and will improve as he’s far from the finished article, that’s a win-win

goonerestgooner

More improved than The Jeff, whose goals, assists and all round awesomeness landed us the treble last season?

oh sorry, I’m about 4 years too early with this comment.

Pedant

Great guy, thought he was dodgy at the start but after playing a few games at centre half has been a rock at full back.

Particularly impressed by his attacking as well as his defence, he has done some great assists and the odd goal, as well as being a diversion at other times for Sanchez to turn inside and have a shot.

Looking forward to the next few years with Nacho (glad he extended his contract and didn’t cash in his chips) battling it out with Gibbs.

Gunnersaurus is my spirit animal
Gunnersaurus is my spirit animal

Left back sorted then. An integral part of the best back 4 since the invincibles

Gunnersaurus is my spirit animal
Gunnersaurus is my spirit animal

Sorry, back 5

Hutch

Another player that Wenger has turned into a world class player.

Brilliant news all round.

Daft Aider

Monreal was great before we signed him, think he struggled to adapt for awhile

Darryl gooner

Contrast the fate of monreal with that of debuchy. One chose to buckle down and fight for his place from his younger counterpart, the other chose to whine. Very happy for monreal

mpls

To be fair, one also was used to being selected for France, but has suffered a horribly unlucky string of injuries and has fallen out of that picture with Euros – and the latter stages of his career- coming up. I prefer club before country when it comes to Arsenal too, but I understand a bit. Time is not on Debuchy’s side right now and he wants to get his starting career back on track.

That said i’d prefer we have a solid 2nd option specialist RB lined up before letting it happen.

Andrei Arshavin

His time at centre back did him wonders in hindsight, who could have known??

Swish

Wenger knows 😉

Bubblegum

You say he’s scored only 2, but one of them was that fabulous goal vs United in the FA Cup, so that counts as a lot of goals in itself

Crash Fistfight

Wasn’t the other one a winning goal (or what turned out to be one) against Swansea?

Sean

Although widely speculated last week, great that’s finally officially. Ozil, Sanchez and even sometimes Koscielney (from a defensive perspective, obvz) may get the plaudits, but Monreal has been absolutely sensational this season. Rarely gets beaten by his man, always provides cover for Kos if he goes on a run, senses danger like no other. Best LB in the league and it’s not even close, one of the most underrated players in the league, no fuss, no bother, just gets on with his game

NZ Gooner

Totally agree, as a fantastic (in my dreams) left back myself I always pay particular attention to his play. He always busts a gut to get back if we lose the ball in the attacking third. He is always 100 per cent committed.

Dodgerz Oyoh

Great player, always gets stuck in. Also Seems a very down-to-earth guy.

Morbius

A long-term contract taking him up to age 33. Truly this is a new era for the Arsenal

Gunnerlocutor

We have the best left back in the league. Full stop. Future club legend. Locked down!

George

Will always love him for this. Also a warm reminder of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability during a low period. Great to have Nacho on board for another few years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKFCOYKdmHQ

George

However, probably not as much as I love Welbz for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YobYEkRNdzE

Snc

Finally.. We ve rectify the jersey no. 18. Nacho FTW!

shgooner

Nacho is unbelievable! I was thinking that last match against Stoke after he made an unbelievable interception in the first half. He has improved a lot in many aspects of his game since he first came. For example, the ball he headed out late in the second half was going to Walters and could’ve ended in the back of the net. A couple of years ago he was terrible in the air. He also had a great match against Liverpool and is one of the most important players in our back four. I am really happy he signed a new contract.

Özorlexisey

THE MOST CONSISTENT PERFORMER.
MR. CONSISTENT,
He is our Nacho.

O2ba

Top man and a great thing to have his signature again.

DB10**

I like how he closes down space to block crosses more than in previous seasons. his understanding with ozil and alexis is getting better.
great news.

Lord Bendtner

Flamini and Chambers injured while shooting for Dude Perfect. Arteta dislocates collar bone while sipping on juice as he was watching the Dude Perfect Shoot :S

Billy

That spell at centre back really helped nacho regain his confidence and now plays like how he did for malaga except that he is missing a couple of goals.

Arsenal Fan

Great news!!

Probably the best left back in the league at the moment..

Mr.Consistent

Noodles

Wasn’t convinced at first but has matured well nailed the left back place … Good news

Smart-Arse

“Loved by his partners” playa

Crew

Best DEFENSIVE left back in the world atm. Who’s better than him? I can’t think of a single one.

2015-2016 = the season we've been waiting for
2015-2016 = the season we've been waiting for

Don’t think any of us had heard of Nacho Monreal when Wenger signed him two years ago, for only £10mm.

I certainly hope Mohamed Elneny follow’s in Nacho’s footsteps!

Winning Gunner

I’m happy for him. I love the way he transformed himself into the most consistent left-back in the world. Even when the team perform badly, you can always single out good performance from him. Lately, with little or no cover from Walcott, he’s still doing well. That for me is the definition of consistency. I hope Gibbs do the same thing.
Apart from that, why are many pundits, bloggers (not referring to arseblog), writers, and whatever they call themselves think Patrick Vieira is the DM in the year of Invincible or even before then. Every article about us missing DM is about Vieira which is completely not true. We are actually missing a Gilberto. We miss his grit, experience, and leadership but not him as DM. Patrick Vieira is like Ramsey in today’s team (box to box midfielder). He does most of what Rambo does now.: passing, build up play, pop in the box and score goals albeit with better defensive awareness. Our DM in those days that did the dirty works were Petit, Gilberto, Edu. I don’t get the lazy journalism. Can someone correct them?

Dominic

“the invisible wall”

Mpls

Great news Nacho! Congratulations and very happy to see your career continue at the Arsenal!

rch

Also brilliant in the air for his size,rarely loses a header

Mustrum Ridcully

Brilliant player with an exemplary attitude.

Arsepedant

Fantastic news. Nacho’s head and shoulders the best left back in the league this year. He’s consistently excellent, game over game, and even an off day for him is as good as the best anyone else has to offer. Really pleased to have him locked up for another three years.

Toast with Butter and Jam
Toast with Butter and Jam

Seems like as good a time as any to share this

https://twitter.com/_nachomonreal/status/673545823716810752

Dominic

my sister can’t understand why other supporters won’t join in her adapted choruses of the village people’s “nacho nacho man”. personally i believe that “nacho mon-re-al” would be better adopted by the terraces, i just don’t have the gumption to start such a chant…

Javis

So consistent defensively and has definitely improved his attacking game. For me the best LB in the league, no question..this would bring him up to 33 and we’d have got his best years..Lovely!

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