Arsene Wenger offered so much optimism for the Gooners during the transfer window by assuring that he wanted around 2 key additions that would strengthen the side. The likes of David Villa, Mohamed Diame, Wilfried Zaha and many more were linked with moves to Arsenal but, to the disappointment for Arsenal fans, none were actually brought in.
Arsenal however, did make one signing, the reported £10m capture of former Malaga left back, Nacho Monreal. This was the result of an injury that Kieran Gibbs sustained in midweek against Liverpool; the other left back choice Andre Santos is not preferred to the role, as Wenger cannot rely on his weak defensive performances.
Nacho is on a reported four and a half year deal at the Emirates worth a princely 60k a week. He is the second player to be brought in from Malaga since the £15m signing of Santi Cazorla back in the summer.
The Gooners would probably have preferred Arsenal to have made a move for Leighton Baines, but the impact that Monreal could make in the first team, might spring a few surprises. The 26 years old made 54 appearances for Malaga since joining from Osasuna in 2011 and has also made 7 appearances for Spain.
Rated highly in Spain, the Spaniard has a fantastic all round game which will benefit Arsenal massively. His good tackling capability will only better the Arsenal defence, as that is where Arsenal look very weak and mistake prone. Monreal is also known for his pin point crossing in the opposition half, this will suit forward Olivier Giroud, as he thrives on getting on the end of crosses.
The capture of Monreal has not only added a good addition for the left back position, but Monreal will provide competition and has the ability to cement a first team position ahead of Kieran Gibbs. The former Malaga man won’t take long to settle in and at around £10m, even though he is cup tied for the Champions League, he could prove to be an absolute steal.
Though the Gooners would have liked other areas in the Arsenal squad to be strengthened, at least they can stop worrying about Andre Santos having to play at left back again.
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This article was first posted on February 1, 2013