According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal’s Spanish international defender Nacho Monreal could be set for a move to Real Sociedad this summer.
The Basque club have sold another Spanish international Alvaro Odriozola to Real Madrid for a reported fee of £30million, so they need a replacement for the youngster. Spanish football journalist Kike Marin is the person responsible for reporting of Real Sociedad’s interest in signing Monreal.
Not in Unai Emery’s plans
The Mirror claims that Monreal is not looking to leave the north London club this summer. In fact, that it could be a battle to persuade the defender to leave North London in the near future.
However, he is reportedly not in the plans of new Gunners boss Unai Emery. The 32-year-old has two years left on his Gunners contract, with the further open of a one-year contract extension.
Surprising that Monreal is not in Emery’s plans
I have to say it would be a surprise if reports of Monreal not being in Emery’s ideas are true. The experienced defender was one of the better defensive performers last season for the Gunners, despite his conversion to a centre-back.
He is the unsung hero at Arsenal and one of the most reliable performers for the Gunners over the past few seasons. However, it seems that new boss Emery has other ideas about Monreal’s future, so he could be set for the exit.
Emery has new defensive options
Arsenal have strengthened their defensive options this summer with the signings of Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Both players can play in the positions that Nacho Monreal would usually be found, i.e. centre-back and left-back/left-wing.
The Gunners already have options for the left side of the defence, including Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Maybe Emery feels that Monreal is surplus to requirements.
It would be a shame to see Monreal leave, as it is fair to say that the fans appreciate his solid performances over the last few years.
This story may have legs, but it may not. It is hard to see Monreal leaving for Real Sociedad if he still believes he can still get a game. If he does leave north London, then it can be assumed that the new Gunners boss has told him he is surplus to requirements at the club. Only time will tell if there is any truth in the story.
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