Nacho Monreal has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 36.
The Spain international says he’s made the decision after a “loud and clear” message from his knees having taken his body “to limits that I would never have imagined”. Sadly, injury forced him to miss the entirety of the last campaign.
Signed by Arsene Wenger from Malaga in January 2013, the left-back made 251 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal across six and a half seasons.
During that time, he made 20 assists and scored 10 goals and was part of three FA Cup-winning sides in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
La Cabra also racked up 22 appearances for Spain, which was no mean feat given the players he overlapped with.
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While Monreal left the Gunners for Real Sociedad in 2019, he’s continued to speak fondly of his time at Emirates Stadium.
In an interview with the Guardian’s Sid Lowe in November 2020, he reflected: “I know what kind of player I am: I’ve never been a star who scores goals or makes the difference. But every time I pulled on the Arsenal shirt, I gave my all. I felt proud just warming up. You could feel the fans’ affection, gratitude. I’m very fond of them too.”
Fingers crossed we get to see Nacho back at Emirates Stadium at some point, it’d be fun for the supporters to thank him once again for his impeccable service.