Biography

Nacho Monreal

Nacho Monreal is a Spanish footballer currently at Arsenal. Find out more about Nacho in our in-depth biography

Arsenal star Nacho Monreal Photo: Nacho Monreal / Instagram

Nacho Monreal is a Spanish footballer who is currently at Premier League club Arsenal.

The versatile defender started his professional career at Osasuna in 2006.

Nacho spent six seasons at the La Liga side before he moved to Malaga in 2011.

Monreal was at Malaga for 18 months before Arsenal signed the defender in an £8.3m deal in 2013.

The Arsenal star has won three FA Cup titles and the Community Shield twice under club legend Arsene Wenger.

Monreal made his debut in a 3-2 win over Macedonia in August 2009.

The Spanish defender has made 21 appearances for la Roja since making his debut.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 26 February 1986
Age: 32 years old
Place of birth: Pamplona, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Height: 178cm / 5ft 10 ins
Weight: 72kg / 159 lbs
Wages: £65,000 a week
Transfer value: £10 million

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Twitter: _nachomonreal

Osasuna

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Monreal began his career at his local team Osasuna.

He progressed through the youth ranks before he scored three times in 36 games for Osasuna’s B team between 2004 and 2006.

Monreal made his debut in Osasuna’s 1-0 loss to Valencia on 22 October 2006.

He made his Champions League debut in a goalless draw with Bundesliga side Hamburg. He started the reverse fixture which finished in a 1-1 draw in Germany.

Nacho finished his first season with 10 La Liga appearances and four games in the Uefa Cup.

He established himself as a regular in Osasuna’s first-team during the 2007-08 season.

Monreal made his first assist in a 2-1 loss to Sevilla in January 2008 to underline his potential.

Nacho’s first La Liga goal came in a 2-1 defeat by Levante on 17 February 2008. He impressed in a 2-1 victory over Almeria with another assist.

He continued his progression with three assists in 29 games in his third season in the Osasuna senior squad. Monreal made one appearance in the Copa del Rey.

Monreal would go on to form a parternship with his fellow defensive winger Cesar Azpilicueta, who would go on to end up at Chelsea FC.

Nacho’s only goal in 31 appearances in La Liga came in 2-1 victory over Xerez. His only assist helped Osasuna to beat Villarreal.

Monreal scored in a 3-0 victory over Hercules in what proved to be his only goal in his final season at Osasuna.

Malaga

Nacho completed a €6m move to Malaga from Osasuna on 10 June 2011.

He had a positive impact on the Malaga team after he helped the Spanish side qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

Monreal contributed four assists in 28 starts and three substitute appearances in La Liga.

Nacho made his first Champions League appearance for Malaga in a 2-0 win over Greek side Panathinaikos in August 2012. Monreal went on to feature against Anderlecht in the group stage.

He scored in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Mallorca in what proved to be his only goal for Malaga.

Arsenal

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Arsenal signed Monreal in an £8.3m deal from Malaga on 31 January 2013.

He was handed the number 17 shirt after the defender signed a long-term deal with the Gunners.

Nacho made his debut in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Stoke on 2 February.

Monreal scored on his fifth appearance for the Gunners after the versatile defender netted in a 2-0 victory at Swansea City.

The January signing finished the campaign with one goal and one assist in 10 appearances.

Monreal helped Arsenal to ease to a 5-0 win against Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in the Champions League playoff.

Nacho scored the decisive spot-kick in Arsenal’s penalty shootout win over West Brom in the League Cup fourth round.

The Spanish defender struggled with fitness issues between February and April.

Monreal finished the season as an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

He made 21 starts and 16 substitute appearances in his first full season at the north London club.

Nacho established himself as a regular in the Arsenal team in the 2014-15 season.

He was a half-time substitute in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Monreal scored in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford to help the Gunners defender their crown.

Nacho completed 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

He has scored one goal and has made one assist in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal rewarded the full-back for his consistent form with a new long-term deal in January 2016.

The left-back made 50 appearances in all competitions as the Gunners ended the season without a trophy.

Monreal made an assist in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth before creating their only goal in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea FC.

He continued his record of scoring important FA Cup goals with a strike in a 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the semi-final at Wembley.

Monreal scored one goal and made two assists in 43 games in all competitions.

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The Spain international had his most productive season in an Arsenal shirt in the 2017-18 season despite the north London side’s well-documented struggles.

Monreal opened his account for the season in a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. A fortnight later, the Arsenal defender netted in a 5-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

He produced a man of the match performance in Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Crystal Palace with one goal and two assists on 20 January 2018.

Nacho continued his prolific form with a goal in a 3-1 loss to Swansea City before he netted his first European goal in a 2-1 win against Ostersunds in the Europa League round of 32.

His fifth goal of the campaign came in a 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.

International career

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Monreal made his debut for Spain in a 3-2 win over Macedonia in August 2009.

Nacho didn’t make Spain’s triumphant World Cup squad for South Africa 2010.

The Arsenal star was part of the Spanish team that lost to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.

Monreal was omitted from the Spanish squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He scored his only goal for Spain in a 4-0 victory over Macedonia in the World Cup qualifying campaign in November 2016.

Personal life

Monreal is married to his long-term girlfriend Isabel Ramos.

The pair got married in June 2016 after four years dating.

Nacho is thought to have an estimated net worth of £5m.

Interesting facts about Nacho Monreal

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• Monreal was one of the first signings of Malaga’s faltering financial revolution in 2011 for €6 million.

• Nacho is thought to be close friends with his Arsenal team-mate and ex-Malaga colleague Santi Cazorla.

• He came through the Osasuna ranks with Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpiliceta.

• Monreal was close to a move to Athletic Bilbao in 2013 summer transfer window but the deal fell through before his eventual switch to Arsenal.

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