Arsenal fans in the Football Transfer Tavern were delivered a bolt from the blue this morning after reading the widespread reports online that claimed Nacho Monreal is closing in on a transfer to Athletic Bilbao.
With the original reports deriving from Spanish publication AS, the story claims Monreal will cost the Basque club around €10 million after Arsene Wenger deliberated upon cashing in on the Spaniard with his contract ending in 2016.
Most Gooners by the bar are looking extremely annoyed with the news with Monreal having completed the most remarkable of turnarounds last term, going from scapegoat centre back to a Player of the Year shout as the campaign went on.
While Kieran Gibbs is still at Emirates Stadium of course, Arsenal fans are starting to lose faith in this transfer window while claiming left back isn’t a position that should’ve been tampered with.
After signing Petr Cech a few weeks back, it did look as if Arsenal were in for a window in which they’d sign a new spine quickly and efficiently but with concrete news of incomings having died down massively, Gooners are experiencing those oh so familiar cynical feelings.
While Arsenal fans hope Monreal ends up staying, the reports have reached English media and the likes of talkSPORT today and given this speculation, we’ve decided to compile a list of five replacements who Wenger might be lining up behind the scenes.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 Monreal replacements for Arsenal to consider this summer.