Boost for Wenger as senior star commits future to Arsenal despite interest
By Will Butcher
Nacho Monreal has revealed that he is planning on remaining at Arsenal for the remainder of his contract despite interest from other clubs.
The 31-year-old defender has been one of the first names on Arsene Wenger’s team sheet this season, as he continues to remain first choice over England international Kieran Gibbs.
Speaking to Goal, the Spaniard revealed clubs are interested in his services but stated he wants to remain with the Gunners until the end of his contract which expires in 2019.
“I have a couple of years left at Arsenal,” Monreal said. I am very happy there, I feel very valued in the team, and I am quite fine.
“I am grateful that there are teams that are interested in me, and you never know where you are going to finish, but right now I am happy at Arsenal.”
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Monreal has been with the Gunners for more than four years after joining Wenger’s side back in January 2013 from La Liga outfit Malaga for £8.5million.
Although not always a regular with the north London outfit, Monreal has established himself as one of the senior members at Arsenal with a strong level of consistency at left-back.
However, Monreal’s desire to remain with the Gunners could be out of his hands as the Mirror claimed he could be one of five players to be axed by manager Wenger.
Monreal is currently with Spain’s national team to face Israel in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase on Friday, before Julen Lopetegui’s side go up against France in a friendly on March 28.
The former Osasuna star is expected to start for the Gunners in their next outing after the international break against Manchester City on April 2.
In other Arsenal news, this Barcelona ace has been reportedly lined up to replace Mesut Ozil.