The man known as La Cabra is reportedly close to departing Arsenal for Real Sociedad.

Monreal has been at the club since 2013 and has been amongst the most consistent of our players in his six years as a Gunner. The left-back is apparently seeking a return back home and Real Sociedad is offering Monreal the opportunity to do so.

It does leave us a little light though.

There is no option for strengthening should Monreal be allowed to leave. Our future options in that spot are sufficient, but in the short term, we are light without him.

Even without his ability to fill in as a centre back in a defensive three, without Nacho we have Sead Kolasinac and new boy Kieran Tierney on the left.

Is that enough?

Kieran Tierney is a month or two away from making a first team bow.The Scot is a real exciting option for us but right now, we can’t count on him. That leaves Kolasinac.

The Bosnian was one of our best attackers last season, bombing forward and cutting back from the byline regularly, allowing our attackers to have another supply line.

In defence though, he has been found wanting at times. Regularly left out of position by his raids forward, Kolasinac needs to balance his attacking forays, much like Monreal has mastered.

Plus, without Monreal, we are on injury from being in full-on crisis mode.

Is this on the radar for those who are making the decisions? Can they not see that if we sell Nacho, one nasty tackle could mean we are sandwiching in players on the left of defence that have no experience of playing there? It is these moments that can make or break a season.

Then here is the untold experience that Nacho brings to the squad. At 33, he is no spring chicken but what he passes down to our young ‘uns is invaluable.

According to the majority of reports, a two year deal is very close to completion and that means until Tierney returns, we are in the red zone.

Watch this space on the latest regarding Monreal and his impending departure.