Nacho Monreal has signed a three-year contract extension with Arsenal, according to a report on MailOnline.
The left-back has grown in prominence over the last 12 months, vaulting Kieran Gibbs to become Arsene Wenger's first-choice in the position.
Despite his consistently good form last season, nagging reports from Spain suggested Monreal was on his way back to La Liga with Athletic Bilbao confident of coaxing him back to his homeland.
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But while those reports were continuing to circulate, the Gunners were busy negotiating a well-earned extension–and possibly a payrise–to his £50,000-a-week contract. He follows Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla in signing new deals, with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in line to open talks with the club presently.
Originally signing from Malaga in January 2013, Monreal struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. His poor form saw him become maligned amongst Arsenal fans, but the 16-time Spain international has since changed everybody's mind.
The 29-year-old's new deal extends his current one by just a year, taking him to the end of the 2017/18 season, when he will be 32-years-old and subjected to Wenger's infamous 'one-season policy'.
That very same policy is how Mikel Arteta now lives his professional life, with the club captain currently fighting for his future at the Emirates.
While the midfielder is highly-regarded and respected at the Emirates, his lack of form and fitness over the last 12 months means he may have to accept a non-playing role when his contract expires at the end of the season.
And it seems he is gearing up for a coaching position at Arsenal's London Colney training ground as he has reportedly taken a number of sessions with Arsenal's youth sides already.
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