Nacho Monreal wants to stay at Arsenal and pen new contract

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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal says he is eager to stay on at the Emirates Stadium as he enters the final year of his contract.

Nacho Monreal has been one of Arsenal's most improved players this season after a disappointing campaign in 2013/14.

The Spaniard could be considered an integral member of Arsene Wenger's defence, which has come in for less scrutiny than in previous seasons.

Currently in Dubai showcasing the FA Cup trophy after Saturday's victory over Aston Villa, the 29-year-old revealed he would like the chance to sign a new contract with the London outfit.

“I have one more year on my contract and I would like to stay at Arsenal," Monreal told Sport 360.

"I am very lucky to play for Arsenal, and am very happy to play for Arsenal.

“I would like to stay. If the boss [Arsene Wenger] wants me to stay, I will do as I am very happy. I only have one more year left on my contract. I am really happy and would like to stay at Arsenal.

“I am in contact with the club. My main intention is to stay at Arsenal, I hope I can extend my contract.”

Monreal gradually took over as the first choice left-back from Kieran Gibbs this season and featured in that role for the all important FA Cup final at Wembley, which was credit to the 29-year-old's hard work.

“Kieran is an amazing player,” Monreal added. “I can imagine it is really difficult for the boss to choose between Kieran and me.

“Obviously in football, only 11 players can start the game. The boss can choose between him or me. I think this is a good thing for the team.

“I have to give my best every day in training, or I wouldn’t play. “I think in this position, we are lucky as we have two good players. I have played a lot of games this season, I would like to continue.”

Monreal marched up and down the wing against Villa last weekend displaying a serious amount of work rate. It's refreshing to see a footballer nowadays really bust a gut when you see plenty of supposed top-level performers go through the motions all too often.

If the former Malaga CF defender is improving as time goes on, there should be no questions asked when it comes to determining whether he deserves a new deal - if both parties can come to some sort an agreement. Arsenal could do a lot worse and when competing for a Premier League title and Champions League, you need strength in your squad.

Monreal is not the best left-back in the world but he has proved worthy of doing the job when required.

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