Terms agreed: Arsenal close to deal for Spanish international defender

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Arsenal are reportedly close to tying down another player to a new contract with claims by talkSPORT (via Mundo Deportivo) that Nacho Monreal will extend his stay with the club.

The 29-year-old left-back played a key role in the Gunners’ first-team last season, establishing himself as the new first choice for Arsene Wenger in that position, ahead of previous starter Kieran Gibbs.

TalkSPORT claim that Monreal has agreed terms on a deal that will see his wages rise to around £75,000 a week, though this has not yet been officially confirmed.

An experienced defender with 16 caps for Spain, there’s no doubt of Monreal’s quality and it looks like handing the club more good news this week after their official site yesterday confirmed new contracts for another key first-team pair, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.

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Arsenal are hoping to mount more of a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season after over a decade of disappointment in the competition, and will need to continue to keep hold of their most experienced and proven players if they are to close the gap on current champions Chelsea, whom they meet in this Sunday’s Community Shield clash at Wembley.

In the recent past, Arsene Wenger has been criticised for fielding too many young players and for letting big names leave for other top clubs, but it would certainly be quite a statement if the north Londoners could hold on to the likes of Walcott, Cazorla and Monreal while they’re all at their peak, instead of having to rebuild the side once again.

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