Arsenal have finally given their fans some transfer excitement with the signing of left back Nacho Monreal which was completed in the final hours of the window.
A fee around £8.6m has been agreed for the Malaga defender, who flew into London as the clock ran down. The Spanish left back will come in as cover for the injured Kieran Gibbs, with current reserve left-back’s trust clearly withering in all corners of the club.
He has singed on a 4 and a half year deal.
The 26-year old Monreal, who has nine Spanish caps, will be unable to play for Arsenal in the Champions League this season, as he had already made appearances for Malaga in the group stage.
Arsenal have already notably loaned out Johan Djourou (to Hanover 96), Marouane Chamakh (to West Ham), Park Chu Young (to Celta Vigo) and Emmanuel Frimpong (to Fulham).
Arsene Wenger has frustrated Arsenal fans this January, having declared they’d be after three big players. Whether or not it’s been his own admission to be so restricted or because of board decisions is an unknown and completely different story all together.
The deal is clearly a long term view, with finally a strong competition for Kieran Gibbs. It may not be the big name all the Arsenal fans wanted, but it, on paper, looks like a sensible and decent option for an already established player.
Monreal, who moved to Malaga in 2011, was also a former team-mate of Santi Carzola (who left for Arsenal in the summer), and that link up may have been a key point in convincing Monreal. Although, a Premier League and Arsenal move isn’t exactly unattractive.
Arsenal fans will be hoping something else of a high quality is added to their squad in the coming hours, to boost their Champions League hopes. However, the David Villa potential move is expected to be near impossible this January.
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