Emery: We need a new contract for Monreal

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Unai Emery says he’s been impressed by Nacho Monreal since he arrived at the club and hopes that Arsenal can persuade his Spanish compatriot to sign a new deal.

Monreal last penned a contract at the Emirates in January 2016 and will be a free agent at the end of the season. He confirmed earlier this week that he’s happy in N5 and that negotiations over an extension had already begun.

Asked about the 32-year-old in his pre-Newcastle press conference, Emery said: “First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga.

“After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal.

“After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.

“The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.”

Monreal has so far made 215 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Malaga for £10 million in January 2012. That is the definition of a bargain.

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Jack but
Jack but

Arguably our finest at his position

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I think with a manager that really seem to like Hector and with Monreal and Lichtsteiner as mentors, it’s hard to blame anyone other than himself, if he doesn’t manage to become a bit more consistent than he’s been in the past.

Hantal
Hantal

I assume you mean Bellerin?

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

You got that right and the most consistent player for the past two years now at Arsenal

Idiot King of Mount Stupid
Idiot King of Mount Stupid

Great player. One of our most solid performers since joining, habit of turning up with a goal more often than expected and seems to have a good character. Really hope he stays longer and contributes for a few more seasons, while we can ease-in a replacement.

Hantal
Hantal

Agreed, as long as we do actually work on a replacement and not assume he’ll be able to maintain his current level as he ages

Charvakan

Kolasinac was supposed to be the LB-in-waiting, but it’s clear he’s not as solid defensively.

Dave M
Dave M

Pretty messed up world we live in where of 10M quid for ownership of a persons labour is a considered a bargain…

No Longer Laughing Stock
No Longer Laughing Stock

He signed in 13 not 12 blogs

Nathan
Nathan

Nacho joined in Jan 2013, no?

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

I already forgot about Ashley Cole

Hantal
Hantal

Who?

Chris
Chris

Love Nacho. Plays with the sort of enthusiasm and effort we all would if we weren’t too shit to play for Arsenal.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Clearly Denilson didn’t get this memo…!

Charvakan

Nacho is the anti-Santos.

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Almost 33, but genuinely plays like a player 5 years his junior! Criminally underrated by a LOT of people. We would miss him dearly if he were to go. He has another 2 top seasons in him.

alderweireld science
alderweireld science

We need a fucking statue for Nacho!

Niran
Niran

Have got a lot of respect for Nacho…he is a true professional….he undoubtedly won the competition he had with Gibbs to become arsenal 1st choice LB…you don’t do that if you’re not a quality player… arsenal really need to sign him on for 2 more years till we get a quality replacement…cause based on what I saw last season kolasinac isn’t that replacement