After six-and-a-half years with Arsenal, Nacho Monreal’s stay at the Emirates has finally come to an end.
The Gunners confirmed via their official club website that the 33-year-old has signed for Real Sociedad on a permanent deal, and reports have revealed he has penned a two-year contract with the Spanish side.
The veteran Spaniard started all three of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this season, and leaves Unai Emery with just the currently injured Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac as his options at left-back.
After hearing news that Monreal had left the club, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the situation.
Many Gunners supporters felt slightly annoyed by the timing of the Spain international’s departure, and questioned why the north London side would allow him to leave before the north London derby on Sunday.
Some fans raised their concerns about having Sead Kolasinac play against Spurs, and insisted the Bosnian’s defensive standards are nowhere near as good as Monreal’s.
Check out some of the reaction of Arsenal fans below:
Who on earth is gonna play as a left back tomorrow? Do not say Kolasinac!! Might as well just give Spurs the 3 points…… #Monreal
— Indra Kullenberg (@IndraKullenberg) 31 August 2019
Ah Monreal gone? Thought we wanted him to play tomorrow before he leaves. Kolasinac dierrr naaaa
— AJ (@aj_aaronic) 31 August 2019
Selling Monreal now, for 250k is crazy. His legs may be gone, but he should be our starting left back for the NL derby. Kolasinac can’t play in a back 4, so the whole team will have to change formation in one of our biggest games of the season. https://t.co/FKPfnefBTC
— Ruairi O’Cathain (@RoryOKane_Raz_) 31 August 2019
Utterly ridiculous to sanction monreal’s move. Means we’re forced to play three at the back tomorrow with kolasinac against Lucas Moura. Brill.
— Jack Darton (@jd170519) 31 August 2019
Unpopular opinion,Selling Monreal just before an important game like NLD is deflating, Kolasinac is garbage, he can’t defend, lacks awareness..only good as a Wingback.
— Ozil-Eddie (@eddycec) 31 August 2019
Selling Monreal a day before the NLD is bizarre.. hope this doesn’t mean we are going 3 at the back
— J D (@JackDonovan_) 31 August 2019
If we get ripped up by Spurs tomorrow then everyone will be criticizing the board for selling Monreal for a measly 250k.
— Markose (@NotSpendFC) 31 August 2019
The European window ends on Monday. The game against spurs is on Sunday, why not put the Monreal deal on hold till after the match tomorrow? What type of business is this for crying out loud?? Now Kolasinac at LB
— Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™ (@OlisaOsega) 31 August 2019