Arsenal have announced the departure of defender Nacho Monreal, who has joined Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.
The Spaniard joined the club from Malaga in 2013 and made 250 appearances for the Gunners in his six-and-a-half-years in north London.
Monreal started and played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last week and Unai Emery was considering keeping Monreal for Sunday’s clash against Tottenham before allowing him to move on.
However, with Kieran Tierney nearing a return to fitness, Emery sanctioned the departure of Monreal and he’s signed a deal with Sociedad until 2021.
Arsenal confirmed Monreal’s move on Twitter today and thanked him for his ‘unwavering consistency’.
For six-and-a-half years of service, for 250 appearances, for 10 goals, for 20 assists, for three FA Cups, for those equalisers at Old Trafford and Wembley, for your unwavering consistency, and for being our very own #LaCabra, we just want to say…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 31, 2019
‘For six and a half years of service, for 250 appearances, for 10 goals, for 20 assists, for three FA Cups, for equalisers at Old Trafford and Wembley, for your unwavering consistency, and for being our very own #LeCabra, we just want to say….THANK YOU,’ a message read.
A statement on Arsenal’s website extended further thanks to the defender.
‘We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future,’ a statement read.
‘The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’