Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal signs new long-term deal


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Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract.

The Spanish international originally moved to the Emirates Stadium from Malaga for £8.5million in January 2013 and has since established himself as one of the North London club’s most consistent performers.

The 29-year-old has featured in all 22 of the Gunners league matches so far this season, playing a key role as Arsene Wenger’s side have moved to the top of the division.

The defender has now given the Gunners a boost in their Premier League title push this season by signing a new deal and admits that he intends to remain with the club for the long term.

Monreal said: “I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.”

In total Monreal has made 83 league appearances for the Gunners and has also helped the club secure FA Cup glory in each of the last two campaigns.

The full-back is now hopeful of achieving further success in North London and he admits that Wenger was also a key factor in why he chose to sign a new deal.

He added: “I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.”

Monreal will hope to be involved in the Gunners next match when they play host to London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners have been installed as the 2.05 favourites to win the match, whilst the visitors are on offer at 3.75 and the draw is priced at 3.40.

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