Emirates Stadium look to bring quality left-back as hapless Brazilian lurches from one disaster to the next.
Arsenal are set to take advantage of Malaga’s precarious financial situation with another swoop for one of their players at a bargain price.
The Gunners took Santi Cazorla to Emirates Stadium for around €15m (approximately £12.5m) in the summer – a price that Malaga’s manager Manuel Pellegrini later grumbled was an “unacceptable gift.”
However, Malaga’s problems with money have reared their ugly head again, with a meeting held to discuss unpaid wages to Pellegrini and his players.
Arsenal have had well documented troubles at left back this season, and it would appear Arsene Wenger has his eye on Spain international Nacho Monreal to offer assistance in that position.
Santos has often appeared unfit and defensively lax, and having Monreal at the Emirates Stadium would bring Arsenal real competition in the left back position.
This source correctly points out that despite the fact that youngster Kieran Gibbs has improved a great deal over the past year he is also incredibly injury prone and this has led to Arsene Wenger having to select Andre Santos and after his inept display at Old Trafford one does wonder if the Brazilian will play for the North London club again.
Nacho Monreal is an experienced full-back who could well be picked up ‘on the cheap’ as Malaga continue to count the cost of the big spending they incurred in order to secure a maiden Champions League berth.
Cazorla has proven a very good bit of business and it would presumably take a big far less than that which saw Arsenal snap up the Spanish playmaker and perhaps Monreal would be tempted by the chance of reuniting with his former La Rosaleda team-mate.
26 year old Spanish international Monreal moved to Malaga in the summer of 2011 after five sold years in the Osasuna first team and the Pamplona born defender is now a regular in Vicente del Bosque’s national team squad and a high profile move to Arsenal could well help him to secure a more frequent spot in his starting eleven.
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