Nacho Monreal says he’s been unlucky with injuries this season and put that, and his summer escapades at the Confederations Cup as the reasons why he’s fallen behind Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order.
The Spanish international was late back to the start of the season which allowed the England man to get in the team, but when Monreal had regained his place, injury meant he missed out again.
Speaking to AS (via Sport Witness), the former Malaga man said, “I was hoping to play a lot more, I have not had luck with injuries. I’ve now overcome a problem in the big toe of the left foot.
“I started the season a month later because of the Confederations and had back problems. Wenger put Gibbs in and the team won and won.
“I got back to being a starter, but then came the injury.”
Monreal didn’t have his most assured game against Everton on Sunday, but it’s probably worth pointing out that he doesn’t look anywhere near as shaky with Laurent Koscielny inside him as opposed to Thomas Vermaelen.
With the World Cup on the horizon, and lots of competition for the left-back places in the Spanish squad, he needs to find something approaching the consistency and form he showed earlier in the summer if he wants to make the trip to Brazil this summer.
And with Gibbs still sidelined, Arsenal could do with him finding that form asap.