2013/14 English Premier League
Ignacio Monreal Eraso (the nickname 'Nacho' does not come from his love of Mexican snacks) joined Arsenal on the final day of the 2012-13 winter transfer window, from Malaga, with the Gunners having tracked his progress for the previous six months.
The defender started his career with hometown club Osasuna and made 127 appearances for the Primera Division side after progressing through the youth ranks. Making his name as a bright prospect, he helped them reach the Europa League semi-finals in 2007 and earned himself recognition on the international stage.
At under-21 level, he started all of Spain's matches in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship and soon made his full senior debut in a friendly win over Macedonia in August 2009.
The left-back then opted to move to Malaga in June 2011 and his displays helped to secure qualification for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history at the end of his first season.
However, with financial problems surrounding the southern side, Monreal chose to continue his career in London when Arsenal came calling with a bid of 8.5 million euros. The Spain international made eleven appearances and gave immediate stability to Arsenal's defence as they finished the season strongly to finish ahead of Tottenham in the final Champions League spot.
Monreal has frequently been rotated with Kieran Gibbs at left-back although a back injury sustained ahead of the 2013-14 season meant that he was pushed down the pecking order.
Nacho also plays second fiddle at international level -- to Barcelona star Jordi Alba -- though he has proved a reliable asset to Vicente del Bosque's side when called upon. Although he missed out on a place in the winning Euro 2012 squad, he did participate in Spain's 2013 Confederations Cup campaign, where La Roja were defeated by Brazil 3-0 in the final.
Strengths: Monreal is known for his high workrate and has bags of stamina to bomb up and down the flank.
Weaknesses: Can work on his positional game and his final delivery when in a crossing position.
Career high: Signing for Arsenal on the final day of the January 2013 transfer window.
Career low: Missing out with Osasuna on the Europe League final in 2007, after losing to Sevilla in the semis.
Style: Quick, clever, strong, a modern full-back.
Quotes: "Arsenal like to keep the ball, which is beneficial for me and I like this part of the team's game. I love playing with the ball at my feet, short, sharp touches, and good movement. I think Arsenal do have certain elements of Spanish football philosophy. The Spanish people know that there are players of great quality in this team and I hope we can play good football." Nacho Monreal, January 2013.
Trivia: Monreal showed his sentimental side when he flew back to Malaga to say a proper goodbye to his former team-mates and staff after his move to Arsenal was pushed through in a day.
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