Nacho produced a number of impressive performances last season, regardless of whether we were playing with three or four players at the back.
Missing just a handful of games, the affable defender helped us keep 14 clean sheets with the trademark consistency that has become synonymous with his name.
Equipped with an excellent reading of the game and calmness under pressure, Nacho switched seamlessly between left-back, wing-back and centre back in the final stretch of the season, and produced undoubtedly his finest moment of the season when he volleyed home a 71st-minute equaliser against Manchester City to take our Emirates FA Cup semi-final into extra-time at Wembley.
A reliable and popular presence in the dressing room, the defender joined us from Spanish side Malaga in the 2013 winter transfer window, and made his debut soon after, in a home win over Stoke City.
He began his career at Osasuna, spending five years at his hometown club before moving to Malaga in 2011, for whom he played in the Champions League. Nacho (full name Ignacio Monreal Eraso) first represented his national team in 2009 and scored his first goal in Spain’s World Cup qualifying win over Macedonia in November 2016.
His excellent form was rewarded with a new long-term deal at Arsenal, which he signed shortly before his 30th birthday, in January 2016.