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.