Amidst the rumours surrounding one Arsenal stalwart, Laurent Koscielny, another Gunners veteran has been the subject of some confusing rumours.
Nacho Monreal, dependant on what publication or site you read, is reportedly nearing the exit door at The Emirates. The club have apparently chosen to avoid extending the Spanish defender’s contract, meaning that Monreal is free to discuss terms with other clubs.
This may or may not be true – there have been stories saying that Monreal is in fact going nowhere and has actually extended his deal going into 2021 – but if so, then his destination is likely to be La Liga.
Monreal will want to finish his career back in his homeland, and one supposed destination is Real Sociedad. The La Liga club would welcome a player of Monreal’s pedigree with open arms.
The problem here though, is who do we believe?
We have literally been fed stories in the last 24 hours that are the exact opposite of each other. One newspaper even used the word ‘confusion’ regarding his future. Has Monreal been given the opportunity to stay at Arsenal?
The question should be easy to answer if we look at what our options are at left-back.
He and Sead Kolasinac are the current options in this slot, and at times we were exposed, either when Nacho was injured or when he slotted in as a centre-back as part of a back five. Kolasinac is a great player going forward, but defensively, can be quite open.
Then there is the constant noise about a move for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney. These stories have escalated quickly. They’ve gone from a nominal bid rejected, to more recently news of the Scottish defender having a medical!
Tierney does appear to be close though, with only valuation of the player likely holding up the deal. That does mean increased competition for the left-back spot – so does a departure for Monreal seem so outlandish?
What would be great is a news source that reports only 100% accurate news, rather than hyperbole and hearsay.
Is Monreal going to be at the club next season?
According to reports – yes and no.
Keep it on The Arsenal Review though, for the latest developments.