Nacho Monreal

A 26 year-old , left-back, Spanish International set to join Arsenal from Malaga for £8.5m.

Monreal is thought to have agreed a £55k per week deal.

A player who grew up playing full-back and has been moulded in that with his defensive duties a key part of his game, unlike many full-backs in La Liga who are more wing-backs or wingers converted to full-backs.

He comes with pace but also height, strength, and good old-fashioned defensive determination.

His stats are very good some of the notable ones are as follows:

Passing Accuracy – 85.3%

Passing Accuracy in opp. half – 79.9%

Duels Won – 57.9%

Aerial Duels Won – 65.6%

Nacho has attracted much attention, with Barcelona and Real Madrid having kept tabs on him too. He’s been a prominent part of a side that achieved Champions League football, and got them through to the knock-out rounds, winning their group.

However this does mean he will be ineligible to play in the Champions League for us, with Gibbs unlikely to be back for the first leg at home to Bayern Munich.

Furthermore, is he enough to solve our defensive frailties? Personally I feel our right-side of defensive is weaker than left, with Sagna and Mertesacker having a torrid time at the moment, while Vermaelen has stepped it up and Gibbs has done pretty well. Santos though, is completely unreliable and definitely a strong contender for one of Arsenal’s worst left-backs.

Wenger on Nacho Monreal – “We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us. We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we’ve been able to agree this move today. Monreal is a strong left-sided defender with good experience at both club and international level. He is a technically gifted player, a good crosser in the final third and strong in the air. Monreal will add quality to our squad and of course, to our defensive unit. We all look forward to him playing for us.”

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