Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has revealed he has opened talks with the Gunners over extending his stay in north London.
Nacho Monreal has confirmed he is in talks with Arsenal to extend his contract beyond the end of the season. The versatile left-sided defender, a regular under Unai Emery to date, has entered the final year of his deal at Emirates Stadium.
told the Evening Standard: “At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal. I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We are in contact at any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”
After missing Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Manchester City with a minor knee injury, Monreal has regained his place in the Arsenal side under new manager Unai Emery. He has played every minute of Arsenal’s last three fixtures and even got on the scoresheet in the 3-1 victory over West Ham.
Only Lacazette (6) and Aubameyang (10) have scored more goals for Arsenal in the Premier League in 2018 than Nacho Monreal.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) August 25, 2018
Monreal was part of Spain’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, although he did not play a single minute in Russia.
Emery signed 34-year-old Stephan Lichsteiner and 30-year-old Sokratis Papastathopolous in the summer and a new deal for Monreal would further reflect his willingness to build around experienced players in the early days of his Arsenal tenure. As well as Monreal, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Lichsteiner are all entering the final 12 months of their contracts at Arsenal.
So, it looks likely that Nacho Monreal will be retained at Arsenal after the end of this season.
Monreal has had an important role at Arsenal over the past four seasons, never starting fewer than 26 matches in the Premier League. It was evident how dearly the gunners missed him against Manchester City in the season opener. Given his age is on the wrong side of 30, it’d be apt for him to remain at Emirates.