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Nacho Monreal Arsenal exit ‘close’ to official announcement


Nacho Monreal featured for Arsenal against Liverpool but may have played his last game for the club (Picture: Getty)

Nacho Monreal is reportedly closing in on a move that will see him leave Arsenal after six years at the club.

Monreal arrived at Arsenal back in 2013 and has since become an important member of the squad, making a total of 250 appearances in all competitions.

However, the 33-year-old is expected to take a back-up role in the squad when new signing Kieran Tierney regains full fitness.

The former Celtic full-back is set to return to full training after the international break and reports in Spain suggest Monreal is ready to call time on his Arsenal career with just one year remaining on his current contract.

According to Spanish radio station Onde Vasca, Real Sociedad are extremely keen to offer the Spain international a way out and have put a two-year deal on the table with an option for a further year.

Monreal himself is also supposedly extremely enamoured with the prospect of a return to Sociedad and the Basque country, having been born not far away in Pamplona and having started his career with Osasuna.

Emery has already confirmed that Monreal could leave and that talks would have to take place between player and manager.

‘[Monreal] made a very big match and he’s a very big professional for us,” Emery said after the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Unai Emery appears happy for Monreal to stay but will respect his wish to leave (Picture: Getty)

‘This is one issue we need to speak in the next few days because in Europe they don’t finish the transfer window yet, but we are going to speak about all the situations and the possibilities.

‘It’s the reason I was speaking about it not being normal that we finish two weeks ago in Europe because the squad is not completely closed for us at the moment.

‘Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends a little over the next days how we can decide about some circumstances with some players.

‘With Nacho one possibility is open and we are going to speak about that.’





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