Player profile - Nacho Monreal
Player profile - Nacho Monreal

Nacho Monreal

Nacho completed another solid season at the club, making 36 appearances for the Gunners. The Spaniard provided stiff competition for Kieran Gibbs at left back, proving to be a reliable option for Arsene Wenger.

He has adapted smoothly to the rigours of the Premier League and made an impact with his clever positioning, fine technique and vital interceptions. His ability to combine well with players further forward makes him a useful attacking outlet.

Nacho Monreal Profile

Born February 26, 1986
Pamplona, Spain
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 18
Previous Club(s) Osasuna, Malaga
Arsenal Debut February 02, 2013

A highlight of Nacho's season was scoring the decisive penalty in the Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out win over West Bromwich Albion and he also played a full part in the FA Cup victories against Tottenham and Liverpool.

Nacho (full name Ignacio Monreal Eraso) arrived from Malaga, for whom he had featured in the 2012/13 Champions League. He had helped them to fourth place in La Liga the previous season, his first with the Andalusian club. Before that, he represented hometown side Osasuna, for whom he made 127 appearances - helping them to a Europa League semi-final in 2006/07.

Previously a regular in Spain’s Under-21 side, he made his full debut against Macedonia in August 2009 and now battles with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba for the left-back spot.

Nacho Monreal's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-2013 9 + 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 + 1 1
2013-2014 13 + 10 0 2 + 6 0 3 0 2 0 20 + 16 0
Total 22 + 11 1 2 + 6 0 4 0 2 0 30 + 17 1

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13

August

A back injury interrupted Nacho's pre-season and kept him out of the squad for the Aston Villa game. However, the Spaniard returned to the bench for Arsenal's trip to Turkey and replaced Theo Walcott in the closing minutes. Monreal replaced Olivier Giroud with just under 20 minutes to go against Fulham and also played a full game in the return leg against Fenerbache.

October

Nacho made three appearances for the Gunners in October. The Spanish left-back came on as a substitute in the wins over Napoli and Crystal Palace, and he finished the month by playing 90 minutes in the defeat against Chelsea. "In truth it is a tough moment for me because the manager is choosing Kieran over me," Nacho told Arsenal Player. "But to be honest he is playing very well. All of the games that he’s played in he has done well, the team is on a good run, and I don’t see things changing in the short-term. "There is nothing I can do but to keep training, do the best I can so that when I do get the nod from the manager, I can take advantage of my chance and show him that he can count on me."

December

Nacho made three appearances for the first team in December. The Spanish left-back filled in for Kieran Gibbs in the Premier League games against Hull City and Manchester City and made a late substitute's appearance against Napoli.

January

Nacho started five of Arsenal's six games in January. The Spaniard produced some impressive performances in the wins over Cardiff City and Tottenham at the start of the month before providing the assist for Jack Wilshere's goal against Aston Villa. Nacho was replaced by Kieran Gibbs for the FA Cup game against Coventry but returned to play 90 minutes in the draw at Southampton.

March

A niggling foot injury meant Nacho was restricted to just one appearance in March, which came as a late substitute in the 1-0 win at Tottenham.

May

Nacho started the 1-0 win against West Brom but was on the bench for the final two games of the season. "The atmosphere was unbelievable all season," he said. "The fans are incredible for all the games, they were with us and that's very important for us."

March

Nacho scored his first Arsenal goal in the 2-0 win against Swansea, finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area to give Arsene Wenger’s side the lead. The defender also enjoyed success at international level, assisting Pedro’s winner as Spain won in France.

May

Nacho's first season in England culminated with 90 minutes of action in Arsenal's 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers. The Spanish international was an unused substitute in the Club's final two games of the season.