Nacho Monreal signs new long-term contract with Arsenal
The new deal sees Monreal extend his stay with the club till 2019 as his weekly salary will increase from 65,000 to an estimated 80,000
The 29-year old has been a mainstay in the Arsenal first team starting all 22 matches in the Premier League this season keeping English international, Kieran Gibbs on the bench.
Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, was very pleased the former-Malaga man signed on by saying, “He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre-back. He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.”
“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back,” he concluded.
Monreal joined Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013 from Malaga for a fee believed to be around £8.3 million and says he's thrilled to have signed the extension.
He told Arsenal Player, “I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here. I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years. I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.”
Nacho has made 87 appearances for the North London club winning two FA Cups and two Community Shields. Given Arsenal's position and momentum in the Premier League this season, he could win his first ever domestic league title this season.