Five reasons Arsenal fans will love Nacho Monreal

Five reasons Arsenal fans will love Nacho Monreal

Monreal will join former teammate Cazorla at Arsenal

Arsenal have signed Ignacio “Nacho” Monreal from Malaga on a long term contract on the deadline day of the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old, who is ineligible to play Champions League games for Arsenal after he already played in the group stages with Malaga, has joined the Gunners on an undisclosed fee, though believed to be over £8 million.

He will now join his fellow compatriot and former team mate Santi Cazorla at the Emirates Stadium who joined the North London club in the summer. The transfer is bound to lift the morale of the entire dressing room and here we take a look at what Arsenal’s fans can expect from the Spain international in coming days.

Monreal will join former teammate Cazorla at Arsenal

The only Arsenal signing in January

Finally a player has been signed by Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window. There were genuine fears, expressed by the manager himself, that the club might not finish in the top four this season and adding new faces was the need of the hour.

A lot has been said and written about Wenger given lump sum transfer fee but what’s the use of saving dosh in purse unless it isn’t being used properly. If any time, the club needed reinforcement and show statement of intent, it was now. A new signing lifts everyone and this one is no exception.

Nacho’s not a panic buy

This is not a panic buy by any stretch of imagination. Arsenal had been monitoring his progress for a long time and have finally landed a quality defender.

Wenger addressed the need of buying a quality player in the winter and he has got one without an iota of doubt. Monreal was an integral member of Malaga side that topped their Champions League group despite facing former champions AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht.

Further Arsenal have signed a player who has experience at both club and international level. He has developed a lot since moving from Osasuna in June 2011 and was seen an ideal replacement for Joan Capdevila at Spain until the burgeoning growth of Jordi Alba.

The complete fullback

Wenger always buys player after intensive scouting and this is what the Frenchman said about him as quoted in the press:

“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.”

He is a solid defender. He is physically strong with an astute positional sense. The best thing about him is his assured presence at the back and isn’t what a defender should be primarily all about?

Unlike many defenders, he doesn’t have that urge to join the attacking force with every possible opportunity but that doesn’t mean he is a weak link in attacking sense either, as Wenger rightly points out.

Adding balance to Arsenal’s fragile defence

His signing will add the much needed balance in the bedraggled Arsenal defensive unit. His automatic inclusion in the side will allow skipper Thomas Vermaelen to play in his customary central defensive position only.

He will add a tough competition in the side for left back places which could bring the best out of both Kieran Gibbs and him. After a long time, the Gunners will have two quality left backs in the side and hopefully it will keep the exit door ajar for Andre Santos who has become a nightmare for the team and fans.

Ambitious Nacho

There are two ways of looking at it. Malaga needed money and Arsenal needed a quality player and as per market dynamics, he was signed at the right price.

But, it also shows the ambition of the player too. He knows very well that he won’t be involved in the Champions League ties for Arsenal but still he took an adventurous option in his career. Not many players can move out of their comfort zone in order to strive for newer prospects.

Arsenal have conceded 29 goals this season and it was imperative for Wenger to buy a good defender rather than going hell for leather for a striker, though Barcelona star David Villa would have been a top signing.

Already one Malaga product has improved the side immensely, Arsenal fans can hope the new recruit from the same La Liga outfit will help them reach the dizzy heights in years to come.

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  1. I think, to accept this player as a quality signing, we should see him playing before we conclude that.

    • We already have, he’s played 9 times for Spain and loads for Malaga, you not watch much football? The guy is quality, to get in the Spanish team says it all

  2. Good last day business from Wenger, but what Arsenal really need is a midfield enforcer a la Mikel Arteta!

  3. Oh stop it.

    Had the chance to really strengthen squad – didnt take it – who expected anything else? This was not nearly enough. And so sad that people were getting excited about signing a 31y old with a broken leg, how far the mighty have fallen.

    Were going to finish 6th. Only question now is will Wenger keep his job (want to stay) when fans really show their anger in the summer.

  4. Please somebody tell me anywhere this transfer was mentioned even as a footnote, the same way arsenal was linked to Villa, Cassilas, Diame, llorente, Dzeko, Henry, David Bechkam and Daniel Craig virtually every male with the right physique was on our shopping list apart from Nacho.. In fact the more outrageous the speculation the more likely it was to create a good headline… infact most of the articles typically end like this….Man U, Man C, Cheslea,Spurs ( actually its now the fashionable to Co-link alleged arsenal-linked players to spurs as well) Ac Milan, Real Madrid and the LA Lakers are also monitoring this highly rated so and so’s situation …. however Arsenal are likely to be turned off by his wage demands blah blah..

    • He is really a good player, but let’s wait and see if he will adapt to the Premier League quackly.

  5. Nacho is a gd left-back, bt wenger was also to sign a defensive midfilder stronger than arteta.but wenger shud keep quite, wen he knws the truth nt to play games wid press guys.finaly wenger learn to b sincere en we want supastars,goalscoring machines lyke jovetic steven nxt session plus mayb am a dreamer acording 2 wenger.

    • You can’t say goal scoring superstar and then say Jovetic. Lol that’s like saying basketball legend and Bargnani in the same sentence..

  6. Well, most spanish player are good ; let’s hope ‘ignasio monreal’ is good tho. Cos the likes of; fabregas ,santiago cazorla, ignasio miquel, merida… are good in Arsenal’s set up.

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