Spanish star joy as he pens three-year Arsenal deal

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has extended his stay with the club by signing a ‘long-term’ contract, report BBC Sport.

The 29-year old has established himself as one of the Gunners’ key players since moving to North London from Malaga three years ago.

‘I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him’, stated the Spaniard.

‘For these reasons I extended my contract.’

After a shaky start to life in England, the Spanish international left-back has successfully edged out Kieran Gibbs in the battle for a starting berth.

During his time at the Emirates, he has lifted two FA Cups and appeared in 113 games across all competitions.

The exact length of the deal has not yet been revealed, though ‘sources’ at ESPN claim it is a three-year extension.

While Arsene Wenger is not usually renowned for handing players his age long-term deals, Monreal has penned the contract a month shy of his 30th birthday.

Wenger has praised his versatility as one of the key factors in the decision to hand him a new deal.

‘He is a very important player at the club because he can play at left-back and centre-back’, revealed the French boss.

‘He has the consistency in his performances that is required at the top level.’