Gunners Demand Huge Fee For Monreal
Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal looks set to stay with the club after Real Sociedad pulled out of a deal to take him back to Spain.
Monreal, 32, was linked with La Real earlier this month after they sold Alvaro Odriozola to Real Madrid for €30million (£26million). But reports from Spain claim that while the Basque side made an enquiry for Monreal they were told by Arsenal they would have to pay a significant transfer fee.
The news suggests that the left-back remains very much part of Unai Emery’s plans for the Gunners. It had previously been thought that he would be one of a number of players shown the door by the new Arsenal boss.
Monreal managed 26 Premier League starts under Arsene Wenger last season having missed only three games in the previous two campaigns.
Wilshere Praises Emery’s Handling Of Exit
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has praised Unai Emery over the way he handled his exit from the club.
Wilshere ended a 17-year association with Arsenal last week when he signed a three-year deal with West Ham United. But he spoke warmly of the way that Emery handled a situation that had arisen just days after he was appointed Gunners’ boss.
“We had a meeting and he told me that I was not going to play as much as I wanted,” said the former England international.
“So that was difficult for him and I thank him for that. He could have said: ‘Yes you are going to play’.
“I’d have signed a contract and stayed and in a year’s time they’d have had to sell me. So he was really honest with me and I thank him for that.
“It was a decision based purely on football. The contract was still there. After my conversation with the new manager, he made it clear I could still stay.
“But I felt it was the right time. I knew they were going to bring players in. A new manager, I do not really know him. It was different if Arsene was there.
“The year before when Arsene said to me that I could leave, I knew Arsene and I knew he had trust in me and I knew he would play me if I performed well in training. And he did. This year was different, it was the right time.”