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Nacho Monreal opens up on Arsenal exit last year

Ex-Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal has insisted that he made the right decision to quit the club last August.

The experienced Spaniard had started the first three matches of the campaign under Unai Emery.

On Deadline Day, however, Nacho opted to return to his native Basque Country – joining Real Sociedad to bring his six-and-a-half year stint in North London to a close.

And speaking to Spanish daily El Pais, Nacho believes that he made the correct call to quit the Emirates.

Nacho said: “The truth is yes. It was a difficult decision because I loved the competition, I was in a good moment and I had the confidence of the coach and the club.

“I still had opportunities to play, but after many months, things are now going well at Real [Sociedad]. We have a good team and I do not regret my decision.”

Indeed, Nacho has made 25 appearances, as Real Sociedad sit in a respectable sixth position.

That will be a tough ask, however, as the club host title-chasing Real Madrid.

A victory would see Nacho and Co move to within two points of fourth-placed Sevilla, with eight matches remaining.

As for old club Arsenal, a UCL spot looks even more unlikely after damaging loss to Brighton.

Arsenal had led with 20 minutes remaining courtesy of a sumptuous strike from forward Nicolas Pepe.

But following defender Lewis Dunk’s scrappy equaliser, Neal Maupay struck deep into stoppage time to condemn the Gunners to defeat.

The result leaves the north London heavyweights tenth – six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

Arsenal hierarchy ignored Emery wish over transfer of Spanish full-back

Arsenal’s management reportedly sold Nacho Monreal before the club’s clash against Spurs earlier this month in spite of manager Unai Emery wanting to keep ahold of the player until after the match.

The Emirates outfit succumbed to a 2-2 draw with their city rivals in the first north London derby of the campaign a couple of weeks ago, as Unai’s men continued their somewhat impressive start to the campaign.

The match itself was largely even in parts, with both clubs having a host of chances throughout, however ultimately, the clubs ended up splitting points come full time.

However, some Arsenal fans will certainly feel that the outcome of the game could have gone a bit differently had the club’s management been willing to listen to Emery’s pleas.

According to The Athletic, via the Sun, Unai was eager to keep the 33-year-old star at the club in order to play him versus Spurs, with the Spaniard then being allowed to depart for Real Sociedad after the game had been played.

However, as per the same report, Gunners’ board weren’t interested in the coach’s pleas, as they refused to delay Nacho’s move away, selling him just a day before their match.

Although they probably could have used him for their clash against Tottenham, Arsenal’s decision to get of Nacho seems like the right one by all accounts considering their other options at left-back.

The Gunners have both Tierney and Kolasinac to choose from in that position following the Scottish’s arrival from Celtic earlier this summer, something that means Nacho would’ve probably found himself surplus to requirements at the Gunners this summer.

Official: La Liga club sign 33-year-old Arsenal star in permanent deal

Spain international Nacho Monreal has left the Emirates Stadium after more than six campaigns and signed a two-year contract with Real Sociedad.

The 33-year-old star started each of the Premier League giants’ opening three fixtures but manager Unai Emery admitted his departure was potential following last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

As previously revealed by Goal, negotiations had been ongoing for a couple of weeks to get a deal over the line, with Arsenal looking for around £3 million for the full-back.

Neither side have revealed details of the sum, however. An experienced and versatile left-back, Monreal moved to north London from the Spanish club Malaga in 2013 and made 250 matches in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

“We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future,” read a statement from Arsenal. The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”

Real Sociedad, meantime, released a statement of their own:

“Real Sociedad and Arsenal FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Nacho Monreal to the Txuri Urdin team. La Real, in turn, has reached an agreement with the player until June 30, 2021.”

Having allowed Nacho to move on, the club believe that they have enough cover for the left-back role, with Kieran Tierney due back to full fitness next month.

There is also a sense behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium that Sead Kolasinac needs to step up and show he can provide Kieran, signed for £25 million from Celtic on transfer deadline day, with genuine competition.

Outgoing Arsenal defender could still feature against Tottenham

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal could make a farewell match for the club in Sunday’s north London derby versus Tottenham Hotspur before joining the Spanish club Real Sociedad.

The Spaniard is understood to have agreed to personal terms with the San Sebastian outfit that will see him return to his homeland after seven years in the United Kingdom.

Monreal played 90 minutes in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend but manager Unai Emery is happy to let the 33-year-old star leave following the arrival of Kieran Tierney from the Scottish club Celtic.

The European transfer market closes on September 2nd but – without the injured Tierney – the Gunners remain light at left-back and Unai is considering giving Nacho a farewell appearance on Sunday.

It could mean that his final appearance for the club comes versus arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur and he’ll be allowed to depart within 24 hours to return to his native Spain. Emery admitted last weekend that Nacho could be on his way out of the club.

‘Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends a little over the next days how we can decide about some circumstances with some players,’ admitted the manager. ‘With Nacho one possibility is open and we are going to speak about that.’

Meantime, Arsenal are still monitoring AS Roma star Cengiz Under despite the Turkish ace recently signing a fresh long-term deal, according to Il Messaggero.

The 22-year-old forward was linked with a move to the EPL earlier this summer transfer market before ultimately putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

Arsenal reportedly demand £3m for experienced full-back

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to sell Nacho Monreal to the Spanish club Real Sociedad this summer transfer window if he pushes to leave the Gunners before the European transfer deadline.

La Liga sides and others have until September 2nd to bring in new signings, even though that deadline has already been and gone for EPL sides.

Still, with Gunners having signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic a couple of weeks ago, it seems they are prepared to let Monreal go as long as the club receive a fee of around £3m for the veteran Spaniard, according to the Sun.

The 33-year-old star will be a free agent next year anyway, so it might well make sense for the Gunners to cash in on him while they can, even if it’s only for a fairly small fee.

Some would argue, though, that Arsenal would be taking quite a huge risk letting Monreal go now as Kieran is currently injured.

And, according to the Sun, the Scottish won’t be fit to play until October, meaning the Bosnian Sead Kolasinac may have to cover on the left-flank side until then.

Nacho has been a solid performer during his time at Arsenal, but it may be that his EPL career is now coming to an end.

Meanwhile, Juventus and AC Milan are keen on signing the highly-rated Arsenal youngster Sam Greenwood, according to a report from the Sun.

The forward scored three times in three matches for England’s U17 team at the U17 European Championships earlier this summer.

33-year-old Spaniard set for move away from Arsenal

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is closing in on a transfer away from the club, with Real Sociedad expected to confirm the capture of the Spaniard in the near future.

He has entered the final year of his deal and, with new signing Kieran Tierney set to become Gunners’ first-choice option upon his return from injury, doubts have emerged over Nacho’s future at the Emirates Stadium.

Talks between Real Sociedad and Arsenal have progressed recently, and ​Marca claim that the ​La Liga outfit are close to confirming the signing of Nacho on a two-year deal, with the option for a third campaign.

La Real board have been desperately looking to add some more experience in the defence, and manager Imanol Alguacil is said to have quickly decided that Nacho was his preferred target.

There is no mention of the transfer sum involved, but it isn’t expected to be much, given the 33-year-old star’s age and contract situation.

In the absence of both Sead Kolasinac and Tierney, Monreal has started all three of Gunners’ ​Premier League games this campaign, but he’s expected to plummet down the pecking order when the two full-backs return.

As a result, senior-team football may be hard to come by with Arsenal, whereas Real Sociedad are prepared to make him their first-choice defender.

The La Liga side are willing to promote Monreal ahead of 22-year-old talent Aihen Munoz, whilst Kevin Rodrigues could also be shipped out on loan to create space for the experienced Spaniard.

Should Monreal depart Arsenal this summer, it would bring an end to his six-year association with Arsenal.

€10m Arsenal signing on brink of joining Real Sociedad

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal reportedly looks set to bring his six-year stint at the club to an end in the coming days, with La Liga side Real Sociedad closing in on his signature.

The 33-year-old star arrived at the Gunners from Malaga back in 2013 and has firmly become a fans’ favourites at Arsenal.

However with the landing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic, the Spaniard’s playing time is likely to be limited this campaign.

Real Sociedad have been connected with an approach all summer and Marca has now reported that they have agreed on a two-year deal with the star, a switch that would see Nacho return to La Liga after a lengthy spell in England.

Monreal’s contract at the Emirates expires next summer but the Spanish outfit are seemingly keen on landing him now and have agreed on a small sum with the Premier League club to finalise the deal.

Meanwhile, head coach Unai Emery recently urged fringe stars – including Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi – to find new clubs, but Nacho’s name wasn’t mentioned.

Shkodran played plenty of football in Emery’s first campaign in charge but has always polarised the opinion of fans and has made plenty of mistakes.

Mohamed, who has also yet to feature having played for his country at the African Cup of Nations, arrived from Basel in the winter of 2016 but has never been able to hold down a regular place in the Gunners midfield.

33-year-old Arsenal star could be on his way back to Spain

Spanish journalist Kike Marin has claimed that Real Sociedad could look to finalise the signing of Nacho Monreal in the coming weeks, after letting 31-year-old defender Raul Navas go on loan to the fellow Spanish side Osasuna.

Kike has been reporting interest from Real Sociedad all summer, writing in June that although the Gunners are counting on the left-back for the new campaign, they’d consider selling for an acceptable offer. Monreal has a contract until the summer of 2020 as things stand.

The journalist now claims that the loan of Real Sociedad defender Raul Navas to Osasuna could mean Erreala step up their interest and close a summer deal for the Arsenal player.

The only problem is figuring out exactly how much the North London outfit are asking for. With Kieran Tierney signing for the club, Unai Emery’s side certainly have more options at left-back.

Though the Scottish star is currently out with injury, the Bosnian Sead Kolasinac is also available again after his off-field issues.

Nonetheless, the fact that Kieran is unlikely to return before October perhaps means Gunners won’t be willing to let Nacho go this month.

Even if it is just for next month, the risk of going through an entire September with just one left-back is a bit much.

Meantime, Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has urged manager Unai Emery to sell star Henrikh Mkhitaryan before the closure of the European summer window.

“Arsenal should look to sell Mkhitaryan to a European team this transfer window. ” – Nigel said.

“When everyone is back fit for Arsenal, Mkhitaryan is going to struggle to get any game time at all during the season.”

Arsenal preparing new contract for €10m signing to fend off Barcelona interest

Arsenal board are desperate to tie Spanish star Nacho Monreal to a new deal to avoid losing him to La Liga giants Barcelona for nothing.

The Gunners have made it difficult going for themselves as the club plan to secure a spot in next year’s UEFA Champions League.

A run of three heavy defeats has left them staring at the prospect of finishing outside of the EPL top four.

In spite of their shoddy form, Emery’ side still find themselves two points off fourth-placed Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea with two matches to go.

Winning the UEFA Europa League is their other variant, where they take on Valencia with the possible final against either Frankfurt or Chelsea.

Either way, this summer promises to be a huge one for Unai Emery – who has had a great first year in English football.

There are a host of departures mooted, not least those whose deals expire at the end of June.

They include Wales international Aaron Ramsey, who has already agreed on a pre-contract deal with Juventus, Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck.

However, according to an Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, Emirates Stadium chiefs are scrambling to get the defender to pen a new deal.

Blaugrana are just one of the sides tracking his situation as they look to land a back-up to Jordi Alba.

But Arsenal would be unwilling to lose another senior-team player to an elite European club for nothing.

It follows Aaron’s decision to join the Old Lady – which was made official three months ago this year.

Arsenal defender set to sign for La Liga club on free transfer this summer

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal could be on his way back to his native Spain when his deal at Arsenal comes to an end in summer, El Gol Digital report.

Nacho has been a regular first-team player in the Gunners’ starting eleven since he arrived from La Liga outfit Malaga six years ago for a bargain sum of £8.5 million, as reported by a sports TV channel Sky Sports, making over 200 matches for the North London heavyweights.

The 33-year-old star has slipped behind Bosnian star Sead Kolasinac in the pecking order since manager Unai Emery replaced French tactician Arsene Wenger in the dugout, making just 16 EPL starts under the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss.

And, with his deal expiring in July, Spaniard could be entering the final few weeks as a Gunners player.

El Gol Digital claims that the 22-time Spain international is possibly to join Real Sociedad. The report states that ‘everything points to’ Nacho replacing Real Madrid loanee Theo Hernandez at the club.

Real Betis are keen too but it looks that they’re more likely to land the Barcelona teen Juan Miranda instead.

Whatever happens in summer, Nacho has been a fine servant for the north London heavyweights.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to go head-to-head with Tottenham Hotspur for Everton defender Michael Keane, it has been stated.

The centre-back has appeared as the main target for both the north London sides as they plan to strengthen their defensive variants in the summer.

Arsenal, particularly, have been keeping a close eye on Keane and according to the Mirror, Arsenal have reportedly sent delegations as they plot a summer swoop for the English international.