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Post by RealGunner on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:12 pm


Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Spanish international defender Nacho Monreal has agreed to join the Gunners on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Monreal (26), who will join Arsenal from Spanish La Liga side Malaga, is predominantly a left full-back and has represented his country Spain at youth level, Under-21s and has made nine appearances for the national team.

Full name Ignacio Monreal Eraso, but known as ‘Nacho’, the defender started his career with his hometown club Osasuna, where he progressed through the youth ranks to become a regular in the first team, making 127 appearances for the La Liga side. During that time he was an integral part of the team which reached the Europa League Semi-Final in 2007.

Monreal’s performances for Osasuna earned him recognition on the international stage, firstly with the Spanish under-21s, where he notably started all his country’s matches in the 2009 Under-21 European Championships, and later became a full international, making his debut for Spain in a friendly win over Macedonia in August 2009.

In June 2011, Monreal signed for Malaga, where he was a regular in the team, alongside Santi Cazorla, which finished fourth in the La Liga, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. Monreal made a total of 45 appearances during his time with the southern Spanish side.

Manager Arsène Wenger said: “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.”

The deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes.

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Post by Jay29 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:22 pm

No more Andre Santos at LB. cheers

Putting aside the fact that we would not have signed Monreal today had Gibbs not gotten injured, I'm happy we got someone in, in the end. He's looked a decent play whenever I've seen him and provided he adapts and all that, he should provide very good competition for Gibbs.

It's a little tough on Gibbs, because he's been playing so well, but he's so injury prone that we, unfortunately, can't rely on him to play the amount of games we need him to. It's important that we not only have good backup, but also an alternative that can genuinely challenge for the position.

Hopefully, Monreal can do that and forge a connection with Podolski quickly, because the partnership between Gibbs and Podolski this season has been important from both a defensive and offensive point of view.
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Post by RealGunner on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:26 pm

If his crossing is as good as people say, then i can't wait for him to beckham those balls to Giroud :bow:
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Post by urbaNRoots on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:37 pm

Ever since I heard about Malaga's financial problems, always wanted Natxo and Isco (oh well) in our team and I'm happy one of them joined us.

Extremely happy about this signing, he will definitely challenge Gibbs for the LB spot - someone can say 'Gibbs has been great' and it's true but that's how the big clubs work, you'll have competition. So far Gibbs' only competition was Andre freakin' Santos who's simply not good enough to challenge him. I believe this competition will make Gibbs even a better footballer and that's why I believe it'll be a good signing.

We might see him start against Stoke already Very Happy

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Post by djoe26 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:40 pm

Finally someone comes in! cheers

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Post by Sina on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:45 pm

welcome Nacho Heart

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Post by DeletedUser#1 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:50 pm

Santos not playing after rg gave him a nice msg on twitter last night.

i'll miss Andre Sad

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Post by SamuelJayC on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:52 pm

Scouting report on Monreal from @davidjaca - "Mr.Dependable who'll provide fine competition for Gibbs" - http://bit.ly/WDndGI

Graham Hunter on Monreal. "Arsenal have a Spanish international at his peak." - http://bit.ly/WEbpRK

Monreal 12/13: 21 apps (20 starts), 1 goal, 3 yellows, 1 red. Will be Champions League ineligible. 9 caps for Spain

Nacho Monreal grabbed a goal & an assist in his last game for Malaga (3-2 league win v Mallorca on Sunday) - http://dai.ly/VxEv7g


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Post by REWB on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:16 am

so when can he play for us? against stoke?

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Post by RealGunner on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:18 am

Yep
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Post by Jay29 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:19 am

He can play as soon as all the paperwork is processed and he's cleared to play, which I expect should all be done tomorrow, if not tonight. He should definitely be available for Stoke, though whether he'll go straight in or not I don't know since he'll only have one training session with the team.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:23 am

France v Spain on last day of season :bow:

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Post by SamuelJayC on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:32 am

BBC's David Ornstein says fee is £10m. 3rd biggest deal of deadline day.

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Post by Sina on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:34 am



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i hope France wins as well with Giroud scoring and Diaby running riots :coffee:

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Post by VendettaRed07 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:35 am

Marsenalaga :bow:

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Post by Eman on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:35 am

Going to a sports bar tonight after my last class with some friends. Going to order Nachos to celebrate :coffee:

Definitely a needed signing since we can't just go on with 1 good injury-prone LB, although it is frustrating only to sign him. Let's just hope Ramsey, Diaby, Arteta, and Le Coq can figure out the defensive job in CM and our strikers keep their current form for the foreseeable future. Perhaps we can get an effective new style together, or perhaps we'll have a crazy summer of signings (unlikely). Either way, the crazy season is over. The race to the top 4 trophy is now as on as it's going to be. COYG.

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Post by Wilson37 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:57 am

everyone seems happy and content atleast not to see Santos at LB... cheers
so Monreal is first choice material.. is he a defensive/offensive fullback ? any other position he can cover like LW or CB ?
we could occasionally play Giibbs as LWM whenever needed...

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Post by Flick on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:44 am

One of my good buddies tells me that he's exactly like Sagna. Good at holding the ball, really good aerially, and good defensive. Think of Sagna of 2 years ago at LB. He can play up also but is limited. He's apparently in my friend's opinion the 2nd left defensive left back in la liga after Filipe Luis. His crossing is above average. But think of him like Sagna but at LB.

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Post by beatrixasdfghjk. on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:51 am




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Post by Rev on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:44 pm

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Post by Raptorgunner on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:30 pm

Welcome to Arsenal. :bow:

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Post by Sina on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:53 pm



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Post by Chumlum on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:18 pm

He gives nervous-looking thumbs up like a boss.
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Post by SamuelJayC on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:09 pm

Balague on Monreal: "Some people say he is the best full-back in Spain after Jordi Alba. An intelligent signing." - http://bit.ly/WDuSFj

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