Arsenal have confirmed that Nacho Monreal has left the club and signed for Real Sociedad.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It was announced on Saturday morning by Mundo Deportivo that Nacho Monreal had signed for Real Sociedad and would not be playing for Arsenal against Tottenham this weekend.

However, I don’t think anyone expected Arsenal to announce it so quickly, especially not ahead of the game:

A statement on Arsenal.com said, “The Spanish left back joined us from Malaga in January 2013 and made 250 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

During his time with us, Nacho played in his natural left-back position and also in central defence. He won three FA Cups, three Community Shields and played a big part in our run to the Europa League final last season.

“A full international since 2009, Nacho was part of the Spain squad at the 2018 World Cup. He’s made 22 appearances for his country.

“We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future.

“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”

Real Sociedad will reportedly pay a nominal fee of €250,000 in installments.

Nacho has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Spanish side who have been chasing him for some time. He will be 36 when that deal expires.

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