Arsenal seal first deal of January as star signs new contract

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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has reportedly put pen to paper on a new deal that keeps him at the Emirates until 2019.

According to Spanish outlet Radio Marca, the defender signed the extension this week but the Gunners have yet to officially announce the deal, as reported by the Metro.

Having joined the club from Malaga in 2013, the Spaniard has gone on to establish himself as a key part of Arsene Wenger’s squad.

With Kieran Gibbs continuing to suffer from injury setbacks and loss of form, Monreal has often been first choice for the Frenchman, and will be desperate to help the club maintain their Premier League title push this season.

While speculation has linked the Spanish international with a return to La Liga, it appears as though he will remain in England for the foreseeable future as he had previously insisted that he was well settled in north London.

Given that his previous deal was set to expire in 2017, it will be a welcome boost for Monreal to have now secured his future at the club which in turn will allow him to focus on matters on the pitch.

The 29-year-old has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, providing three assists as he hopes to continue to make the left-back spot his own ahead of Gibbs.

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