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Arsenal announces contract extension for Nacho Monreal

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

Nacho Monreal has signed a new contract with Arsenal, the English Premier League leaders announced on Tuesday. The Gunners said Monreal, 29, had signed a “long-term” deal but did not disclose the exact length of his contract.

Monreal, who joined the north London club from Malaga for a reported $14 million in Jan. 2013, has been an ever-present in all of Arsenal’s 22 Premier League matches so far this season.

“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here,” Monreal told the Arsenal Player website.

“I have a good relationship with my teammates and we keep improving year after year,” added the Spaniard, who has won successive FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side and displaced Kieran Gibbs as the Gunners’ left back.

“I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.”

But Monreal said he had found it hard, initially, to adjust to life in England.

“I’m very happy with my performances this season. At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.

“But now I feel more comfortable with my teammates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”

Meanwhile veteran manager Wenger acknowledged Monreal’s influence since the defender’s arrival from La Liga three years ago.

“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left back and center back,” said Wenger, whose side lead the Premier League table on goal difference from surprise title contenders Leicester City.

“He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.”

The Frenchman added: “Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.

“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players.”

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  1. VicBklyn

    January 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Great but this is just feeling the coffers. We need a top quality Defensive mid. Since 4 years ago or more. Coquelin is great and works well with Carzola. But he needs competition and rest like everyone else.
    To add Ramsey is doing great offensively but is a defensive liability, you can hear Flamini falling for him all game while he is way ahead of even the forwards. I’m not saying I’m opposed to Ramsey but he requires a different type of DM. A DM that can cover more ground with more speed than Coquelin. Someone who can play alone in front of the back four and has no ambitions of getting forward. Preferably someone that adds the size Coquelin likes.

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