Wenger more or less confirms new Monreal deal

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At the weekend we brought you the story via Radio Marca that Nacho Monreal had signed a new deal with the club.

At his press conference today, the Arsenal manager more or less confirmed it but said the deal wasn’t fully complete just yet.

Asked about the reports, he said, “We’ll announce that at some stage, when it’s finished. It’s not over the line completely but we’re not far.”

Which is obviously good news as he’s developed into one of the finest left-backs in Europe, something that Wenger acknowledged when asked why the club were handing a 3 year extension to a player not far away from 30.

“The regularity of his performances, the fact that he has improved every year since he has arrived,” he said.

“He’s not necessarily my first-choice left back. He plays more than Kieran Gibbs at the moment, but I think I am a bit spoiled there.

“Gibbs has come back and he has shown again on Saturday a very, very strong level. That makes my decisions at that level very difficult. But overall, Nacho Monreal has been absolutely outstanding.”

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