By 90Min
July 17, 2018

Arsenal fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it appears that left back Nacho Monreal is staying with the Gunners.

One of the north London club's few star performers last term, the Spain international had been linked with a move back to his homeland.

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However, Football.London report that Real Sociedad are unlikely to pursue Monreal, with Leganes' Diego Rico a more realistic target.

After cashing in on Alvaro Odriozola's move to Real Madrid last week, the Basque club have money to play with. On the other hand, Unai Emery has spent a large chunk of his transfer budget, and will need to sell before he buys further talent.

In principle, it seemed as if this move could've worked for both parties, but it looks as if Monreal will be staying at the Emirates. After making 28 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last campaign, he'll hope to be a key figure once again.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, La Real president Jokin Aperribay said: "We do not have open conversations with any club.

"We can not be optimistic with him or with any player. It is possible that no more will come, or that one or two may come. We'll see."

With only 12 months left on his current deal, Monreal's future could be to play for this season. Arsenal are going into a transition period, and new manger Unai Emery will hope to be impressed by what is likely his starting left-back.

A current fan favourite, Arsenal supporters will be thankful to see Monreal line up in their team's kit this upcoming term. If the Gunners are to compete for Champions League qualification, they will need the Spanish defender at his best.

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