Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reported yesterday that La Liga side Real Sociedad and Arsenal are in advanced talks regarding the future of Nacho Monreal. The veteran Spanish full-back is of heavy interest to the Txuri-urdinak but should the Gunners allow him to return home?
The 33-year-old has been an integral part of Arsenal’s defence since joining the club from Malaga back in January 2013. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Monreal’s performances in the opening fixtures show how valuable he still is.
In his six-and-a-half-years at North London, Monreal has played 251 times for us in all competitions so far. With the massive game coming up against Tottenham this weekend, selling him would be a terrible mistake.
Lack of reliable backups:
Sead Kolasinac is a perfect fit when Arsenal play with wing-backs. However, after an impressive start to the season with a back four, change for just one player makes zero sense. The Bosnian has had just 19 minutes of game time so far this season due to security concerns and the same issues could come back to haunt him again at any point in the next two months.
Summer signing Kieran Tierney is still unavailable and will only be back to full training in October. With Bellerin not expected to return until October, the option of playing Maitland-Niles there is also out of the window.
A 33-year-old with less than a year left on his contract will by no means fetch an exorbitant amount of money. This makes holding onto him a much smarter option than selling him on for peanuts while also risking the possibility of playing without a regular left-back till the end of October.