Life must seem like a bit of a whirlwind for the new Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal. The 26-year old Spanish international was probably expecting no excitement in the transfer window as he was preparing to join the Gunners in the summer. Then Gibbs’ injury on Wednesday forced Arsene Wenger to bring forward the move, meaning Monreal getting on a flight to London yesterday and just managing to finalise the transfer before the deadline.
Kieran Gibbs is still not ready to play for Arsenal after picking up a thigh problem against West Ham at the start of October. It is a real worry for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners because his stand in, Andre Santos, has been simply dreadful. Gibbs has missed large chunks of his young career, and Wenger may now be considering a move for another left back when the transfer window opens in January.
Arsenal could probably sell Santos back to his former club Fenerbahce or another Turkish club because he was well thought of there. He did play as more of a left midfielder than a winger, which perhaps explains his defensive frailty this season. He was nowhere near as bad last season, and maybe his driving ban is getting to him but Arsenal fans have seen enough.