Nacho Monreal Confirms Talks with Arsenal over New Contract

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist ISeptember 12, 2018

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 02: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal FC at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal says he is happy at the Gunners and is in talks with the club over a new contract. 

The defender turned 32 in February this year but is hopeful he can continue his career with the club he joined from Malaga in 2013, per James Olley at 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," he said. "We are in contact in any moment so don't worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing."

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Micha
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Monreal is in the final year of his current deal at Arsenal, which means he can walk away as a free agent next summer if he fails to agree an extension.

La Liga side Real Sociedad are "are among a number of clubs monitoring the defender’s situation," according to Olley.

La Liga champions Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Monreal. Ernesto Valverde's men are keen to bring in a back-up to Jordi Alba having lost Lucas Digne to Everton, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t Jack Stewart for MailOnline).

Monreal's comments suggest his preference is to stay at Arsenal. He has been a reliable performer for the Gunners during his time with the club.

He has also popped up with some important goals. Opta's Orbinho highlighted his record:

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Only Lacazette (6) and Aubameyang (10) have scored more goals for Arsenal in the Premier League in 2018 than Nacho Monreal.

Monreal was part of Spain's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, although he did not play a single minute in Russia.

The defender missed Arsenal's opening game of the season against Manchester City due to a knee injury. However, he featured in their three other games with Arsenal short of options at left-back.

Sead Kolasinac is expected to miss the first seven Premier League games of season with a knee problem, per the Press Association (h/t the Guardian). Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a small leg fracture and is not expected back until October, per Goal's Robin Bairner.

Arsenal have looked shaky defensively in the early weeks of the season and have conceded eight goals in their first four games. Only Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Burnley and West Ham United have let in more.

Monreal is heading towards the end of his career but remains the club's first choice at left-back, and it would make sense for Arsenal to offer him a new short-term deal.