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Arsenal should replace ageing Nacho Monreal with £13.5m-rated PL defender – agreed?

The Arsenal fans haven’t had much to talk about in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend due to their side’s break from action until after the international break on April 1st, so they’ve instead turned their attention towards the summer transfer window. 

Arsene Wenger’s side were handed a break from first-team responsibilities last weekend following a hectic few weeks for the club. The Gunners successfully secured their place in the quarter-final of the Europa League last Thursday and were then handed a weekend off due to their lack of representation in the FA Cup. The supporters were keen to assess their rivals who were in action throughout the weekend, especially Manchester United who they are due to face at the end of April.

There wasn’t too much to talk about in the aftermath of United’s clash with Brighton on Saturday night, but our resident Gunners faithful were intrigued by Mourinho’s decision to withdraw Luke Shaw at half-time. In the early stages of 2018 it appeared that the 22-year-old, who is rated at £13.5 million by Transfer Markt, had finally been given an opportunity to prove himself at Old Trafford, but in recent weeks he has found himself playing nothing more than a bit-part role once again.

Shaw’s lack of first-team football will certainly make him a strong candidate to depart United in the summer, especially now that Ashley Young – his main competition for a starting berth – has signed a new contract with The Red Devils according to The Daily Mail. If Shaw does indeed become available, then Arsenal should consider salvaging his career by bringing him to The Emirates to replace Nacho Monreal.

When fit, Monreal has been an ever-present in Arsenal’s defence this year, but at 32-years-of-age it’s only a matter of time before his performances begin to decline. Although he is naturally a left-back, Monreal has played a large portion of the season as a centre-back for the club, which suggests Wenger is already is looking to move him into that position more permanently as his pace begins to decrease.

With that being said, Wenger will need a natural left-back to challenge Kolasinac for a starting berth and to fill the void left by Monreal next season, so he should do everything he can to secure Shaw’s signature. Shaw is crying out for a club who will enable him end his United nightmare and kick-start his stagnating career, and considering the level of potential he possesses, Arsenal would be foolish not to be that club.

Providing fantastic pace, dribbling and energy down the flanks, he’d be the perfect player to join Hector Bellerin on the flanks.

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