Nacho Monreal is yet to miss a minute of Premier League football so far this season after establishing himself as a key member of Arsène Wenger’s side.

The Spanish left-back has usurped Kieran Gibbs, who now has to settle for a place on the bench, and has become one of the most reliable and integral parts in Arsène Wenger’s side. The Gunners have the option to extend Monreal’s deal – which expires at the end of the season – by a further year, but the defender has confirmed talks about a new contract are ongoing.

“We are talking [with the club], we need to talk and reach an agreement. I wish that to happen. Of course I’d like to stay here,” the 29-year-old told talkSPORT.

By the end of the season, Monreal will be 30 and Arsenal may be reluctant to tie him down to a long-term deal. This is the last big contract he will have the chance to negotiate, so it’s no surprise to see him and his agent pushing for a deal to tie him to the club for the next three or four years.

Throughout the summer, Athletic Club were linked with a move for Monreal but it never materialised. The Spanish club can only sign Basque players, and he falls into that category but he never seemed interested in leaving Arsenal.

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As one of our best and most consistent players since the back end of last season, it would only make sense to award him with a contract extension. Hopefully it is all tied up sooner rather than later.