Arsenal have confirmed that left-back Nacho Monreal has left the club to join Real Sociedad on a permanent basis. The 33-year-old is believed to have left for a nominal fee of around £225,000.
The fullback had spent the last six and a half years at the Emirates, racking up 251 appearances in the process. Fans on Twitter were praising the Spaniard’s contribution to the team and wished him all the best on his return to Spain:
Thank you, Nacho. What a great servant to the club and I remember he was our Mr.consistent in his initial years. Goodluck for the future.
— Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) 31 August 2019
We should loan Monreal from Sociedad just for Spurs game
— Aubazettes (@Aubazettes) 31 August 2019
Thanks for the memories & best of luck, @_nachomonreal.
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) 31 August 2019
I will miss you Nacho, allways wore your shirt with pride😘
— Tracy corbin (@TCA7X) 31 August 2019
Thank you for all the hard work La Cabra. We will miss you!
— a (@chiefiniho) 31 August 2019
Streets will never forget, Legend. pic.twitter.com/wLNeqrFZPs
— Ross Mosby (@Wilshere_Sharma) 31 August 2019
So sorry to see you go, Nacho. Wishing you the very best at Sociedad. Always a Gunner.
— Goonerholic (@TheGoonerholic) 31 August 2019
Kolasinac starting NLD in a back 4 … pic.twitter.com/7vTos5PQEr
— JK (@AFCJamesKennedy) 31 August 2019
— Lit (@Lit64981669) 31 August 2019
Thanks Nacho & good luck for the future. A proper Gooner.❤
— Mesut Ozil 10 (@WeAreOzil) 31 August 2019
With Kieran Tierney having arrived from Celtic in the summer, it was always likely that one of the club’s left-backs would depart. Even so, many would have probably preferred if he had left after tomorrow’s North London derby.
Tierney is closing in on a first-team debut following a groin injury, but he will not be ready to play against Tottenham. Sead Kolasinac will likely deputise with the Bosnian expected to make his first start of the campaign.