by Lewis Ambrose

In one of the more common stories of recent windows, Nacho Monreal is again being linked with a move to Athletic Club.

According to the Bilbao-based club are still chasing the Arsenal left-back and a move isn’t out of the question.

Well. It is.

Monreal established himself as Arsène Wenger’s first choice left-back last season, playing 39 games in all competitions which included a brief stint at centre-half. The defender technically has two years left on his contract, as Arsenal have the option to extend it by a further year, and it is clear that the player is happy and the club have no reason to sell.


The rumour mill is in full flow but made up rumours are difficult with Athletic Club, as they have a policy to only sign players from the Basque region. As a result, Monreal (and Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta) are frequently linked with the La Liga club, as they belong to a small pool of players that the Gunners could actually sign.

Monreal has already declared his intention to stay at Arsenal this summer, and wants a new contract.

“I still have a year of my contract and I would like to stay at Arsenal. I’m very lucky to play in a team like this and I’m very happy doing so,” the defender said.

“If Arsene Wenger wants me to stay, I will. I’m very happy. I have a contract and I intend to continue playing here. I will renew my contract soon.”

It seems clear that Monreal won’t be heading anywhere – this is another rumour not worth listening to.