Arsenal Transfer News: Defender Approach Knocked Back

By on January 21, 2015

Arsenal have rejected an approach from Athletic Bilbao for left-back Nacho Monreal, according to reports in Spain.

Monreal has been something of a regular in recent weeks with the Spaniard keeping Kieran Gibbs out the team while he was also a useful deputy in the middle of defence while Laurent Koscielny was out last month.

It seems he’s become an indispensable member of Arsene Wenger’s squad as Spanish outlet El Confidencial are claiming this evening that we’ve rejected an approach from Athletic Bilbao.

Apparently the La Liga club asked what our asking price was only to be told Monreal wasn’t for sale at any price.

Monreal is out of contract in 2016 so his long-term future will have to be decided in the summer but I certainly think it was the right decision not to sell this month.

There’s no way we can afford to lose another defender. We’re short as it is and need to bring at least one player in, not sell a versatile and reliable player like Nacho.

One Comment

  1. paul35mm

    January 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    This time last season, selling Monreal would have been popular, but against Man City, he was terrific. He dealt with Silva, Aguero, and Jovetic well for the entire game, and you can’t fault his team spirit, working hard in central defense when the Gunners were desperately short.

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