Nacho who?

Arsene Wenger seems completely satisfied with the performance of Spanish players in his Arsenal squad. Having brought in Mikel Arteta from Everton and Santi Cazorla from Malaga earlier, Wenger now turns to Ignacio “Nacho” Monreal, (former) Malaga and Spanish international full-back to cover weaknesses in the back line.

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Arsenal fans know exactly what their biggest concern is when Kieran Gibbs is injured – Andre Santos. But, this post is not about Andre Santos, so moving on..

Although I have seen him play only a few times for this Malaga this season, but the purchase of Nacho Monreal is one surefire solution for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. He is a player who is consistent, strong, and known to be very speedy. Monreal is also a player with good ball keeping skills. The most important thing in self-Monreal is he is a left back a tough, able to build an attack from the flank, but he also has very good defensive instincts. Statistics (via Squawka.com) showed that ​​Monreal has made 24 successful tackles out of 29. And here are some additional statistics.

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Monreal also possesses very good attacking instincts. He has scored 1 goal and assisted 2 goals during 15 games with Malaga this season, with a 85.3% successful pass rate, and a 0.4 key passes per game. The following are statistics of his Offensive Passing (via WhoScored).

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Here are the overall statistics for Nacho Monreal during 14 games (via Squawka.com).

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Nacho Monreal is the figure that replaced Capdevila on the left side of the Spanish defense and managed to get his first cap in 2009. The extraordinary development of Jordi Alba with Valencia and Barcelona is what makes him the second choice in the current Spanish national team. He was also an important figure behind Malaga’s successful CL group stage campaign this season and their 4th place finish last season.

Fees are estimated at £ 8.5 M, which is a great for Arsenal, although he will be unable to play in the Champions League because he has played with Malaga (cup tied). However, a great signing by Arsenal on deadline day.

This is what Arsene Wenger had to say about his latest signing in his press conference held earlier today:

“He is a technically gifted player, a good crosser in the final third and strong in the air.

“Monreal will add quality to our squad and of course, to our defensive unit. We all look forward to him playing for us.”

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2 comments on “Nacho who?

  1. Woof67 says:

    Not complaining with the signing, because he’s great! I just don’t understand why he’s gone for an LB, where we already have Gibbs, instead of say a DM.

    • If the media is to be believed, this deal was sealed for the summer. Injury to Gibbs brought this deal forward, certainly because Santos is not very reliable and we can’t afford to drop more points due to defensive errors. Hence the need for an experienced LB.

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