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.