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Nacho, Nacho Man

Nacho, Nacho Man

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Malaga left back Nacho Monreal on a long term deal for an undisclosed fee. It is thought that a deal had been in place for Monreal to join Arsenal in the summer, but Kieran Gibbs' injury last night saw the deal brought forward with Andre Santos suffering for form.

Monreal had previously played for Osasuna and has been capped 9 times by Spain. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: 'We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us. We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we`ve been able to agree this move today. Monreal is a strong left-sided defender with good experience at both club and international level. 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."

Monreal is Arsenal's only signing of the January window, though Benik Afobe has returned from his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday January 31 2013
Time: 11:09PM


We're doing alright upfront these days it is the defending that's letting us down. So this is a step in the right direction. He comes with a good reputation at least.
31/01/2013 23:18:00
Great news. Welcome to the greatest club in the world, Nacho.
31/01/2013 23:20:00
To be honest, I really don't think our defending is a personnel issue. We have good defenders, I think it's deeper than that. Not knocking what looks to be a good buy, but basically, Walcott, Podolski and Giroud all start, who's your striker on the bench? That front 3 is beginning to click now I feel, but there's no depth. Like, literally, none.
Little Dutch
31/01/2013 23:25:00
I am laughing at Odemwingie. How embarrassing.
31/01/2013 23:25:00
@LD - spot on about the defending.
31/01/2013 23:27:00
Shame about Odemwingie. Bad advisers, clearly. He must have been carried away by Harry's charms. It is obvious someone asked him over, or he would be stupid to go without clearance and invitation.
31/01/2013 23:30:00
Maybe the defenders are good on an individual basis but as a unit there's definately something wrong. We're scoring goals by the bucketful right now, ok if there's an injury then we could be in trouble, but defensively we're already in trouble. Fix the defensive issues and then worry about attacking cover.
31/01/2013 23:30:00
How can Odemwingie go back to the dressing room at Brom? He's shafted himself.
Wyn Mills
31/01/2013 23:59:00
So Odemwingie wanted to double his wages and just hopped in his car, got on the motorway, stopped for an interview on the way and simply imagined everything would simply work out? Amazing!
Professor Calculus
01/02/2013 00:09:00
It sounds like Wenger made a final pitch for Villa and Jovetic, but then decided to hold off until summer. It might be too late by then, unless the plan is to play the Ox as an emergency striker.
Wyn Mills
01/02/2013 00:16:00
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