Spaniard announces talks as Emery states Barcelona target Monreal ‘needs an Arsenal contract’

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged the club to hand left-back Nacho Monreal a new contract, as he is a very important player that needs to stay with the Gunners.

The Spanish defender’s current deal with the Premier League side expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a whole host of clubs in the last few weeks that are keen to sign Monreal up for nothing at the end of the season.

The Gunners have once again got themselves in a sticky situation where one of the clubs best performers are down to their last 12 months at the club, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil just a few names over the months to be in the same situation as the Spaniard.

However, Monreal says he is keen to stay at Arsenal, and is in talks about making that prospect a reality.

Monreal told the Evening Standard: “At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.

“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”

And boss Unai Emery has opened up on the possible new deal for Monreal, claiming the left-back is a very important player for the club that needs to sign a new contract to stay at the Emirates for the foreseeable future.

Emery told the Gunners website: “First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and at Malaga. After six years here, I came here and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal.

“After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.

“The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.”

Here is what we think.

Monreal has been at Arsenal for six years now and has been a solid performer over the seasons, so this contract deal should be wrapped up in no time as all parties seen to want a deal to be struck sooner rather than later.