Finally, Arsene Wenger has decided to remove the dust from the Arsenal check book to sign Nacho Monreal from Malaga (via Arsenal.com). The 26-year-old full back has signed a four-and-a-half year deal worth in the region of £50,000 per week (via Daily Mail)
Despite the fact that Wenger has openly stated his hatred for the January transfer window (via the Guardian), this signing was out of necessity with the unfortunate injury suffered by Kieran Gibbs when Arsenal hosted Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Arsenal has had its fair share of superb left backs from the days of the all-English affair that had Nigel Winterburn to the technically proficient and pacy Sylvinho and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
As that generation phased out, Arsenal brought Ashley Cole to the limelight and he forged an extremely telepathic understanding with Robert Pires on the left-hand side.
After Cole left the club in acrimonious circumstances, Wenger laid his eggs on a Gael Clichy basket, and the Frenchman served the Gunners with valor marauding the left flank with his blistering pace while balancing his defensive play.
When Clichy decided not to renew his contract, he opted for the petro-greens of Manchester City, forcing Wenger to unearth the gem called Kieran Gibbs.
Gibbs failed to make his mark in the start of his Arsenal career courtesy of niggling injuries, and that infamous slip against Manchester United in the 2008/09 Champions League semifinal didn’t go down well with a faction of Arsenal fans worldwide.
The English lad worked really hard on his fitness and has matured into one of the finest left backs in the Premier League while trying his best to contend with the likes of Leighton Baines in the international scene.
Last season, Gibbs added some goals to his game, and his belter against Swansea in the FA Cup third round gets better with each passing replay.
With Gibbs facing a spell on the sidelines, I expect Monreal to be drafted straight into the squad, with Andre Santos clearly struggling with his charades of inconsistent performances.
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