Arsenal Transfer News: Nacho Monreal Was an Important Signing

Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIJanuary 31, 2013

ZARAGOZA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Nacho Monreal of Malaga controls the ball during the La Liga match between Real Zaragoza and Malaga at La Romareda on September 1, 2012 in Zaragoza, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

It's an exciting life being an Arsenal fan, especially during transfer windows. 

This time last year, Arsene Wenger signed little-known Thomas Eisfeld at the last minute. In hindsight, he ended up being a brilliant addition to the youth system.

This year was no different, as Nacho Monreal was signed at the last possible moment of the transfer window for an undisclosed fee. This was not an addition of a bright, young talent, rather an experienced player that will fill a need. 

Monreal plays left back, the same position as Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos. The 26-year-old Spanish player from Malaga was bought out of necessity, as Gibbs hurt his thigh against Liverpool and now will have to miss three weeks.

Perhaps Wenger was wary of sending out Santos against Bayern Munich. Or maybe he couldn't stand the thought of the Brazilian starting for an extended period of time. Either way, Wenger has himself a fine player.

Monreal appears to have strong crossing skills, something that will come in handy when he sends in crosses to Olivier Giroud. His abilities match up with what Arsenal wants to do, and that's the most important thing.

But for a more general description of what Monreal brings to the table, let's let David Cartlidge of the Daily Mirror do the talking: 

"Don't expect any blistering spells of skill, or unnecessarily cavalier defending from Monreal. He's steady and competent in his area, but this is by no means a negative—this sort of presence will offer so much to a team and will be one less problem area in the back line."

From that description, Monreal seems like he will be a very dependable player while on the left. Regardless of whether or not Arsenal secures a Champions League spot, this signing will come down as a success. 

So don't feel bitter about the club not signing a striker or a midfielder. The Gunners have themselves a quality player. 

Welcome to London, Nacho.