Earlier in the week we covered a report in Spanish publication AS which claimed Athletic Bilbao are close to signing Nacho Monreal.
It seemed a bit off given the defender was one of Arsenal’s most improved players last season, usurping Kieran Gibbs to become the club’s first choice left-back.
We weren’t convinced. And neither were Sport Witness who suggested the rumour, which has been chugging along for quite some time, is mere fodder for the page of Bilbao news AS have to fill each day.
There were also whispers Monreal hasn’t really settled in England, but that’s something that he’s dismissed this week.
“I’m very happy at Arsenal,” the Spaniard is quoted as saying this week.
“I enjoyed playing in a lot of the games last season and that is the target again – that is all I can say right now.
Of course, when you’re partaking in club promos and a kit launch, you’re not exactly going to start moaning. Still, we’d take this as a pretty clear sign that unless Arsene wants to get shot of Monreal he’s more than open to staying at the Emirates.