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Arsenal activate Nacho Monreal contract extension clause - sources

Arsenal have activated a clause within Nacho Monreal's contract to extend his deal until the end of next season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Monreal, 32, had entered the final year of his contract with the club, but Unai Emery said in September he wanted the left-back tied down to a new deal.

Talks over a longer-term contract have been put on hold for now, but the move means Monreal will not be leaving for nothing at the end of the season.

Several first team players are into the final six months...

Nacho Monreal in 'contact' with Arsenal over new deal amid Barcelona links

Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has said he is in talks with the club about a new contract, amid reports that Barcelona are interested in signing him.

Monreal has entered the last year of his current deal without agreeing an extension, but said he is not worried about his future.

"At the moment we are talking with the club," Monreal told the Evening Standard. I've always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal.

"I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them. We...

Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery row at Arsenal 'invented' - Nacho Monreal

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has defended teammate Mesut Ozil's body language on the pitch, and said stories about a rift with Unai Emery were invented by critics.

Ozil's performances in Arsenal's two opening losses of the season were criticised by pundits and the German then missed the next game with a cold -- sparking reports of a training ground bust-up with Emery.

But Monreal insisted there was nothing to those rumours.

"People have been a bit unfair with him," the Spaniard said, according...

Arsenal in left-back crisis with Nacho Monreal doubtful for Premier League opener

Arsenal could be without a natural left-back to start the Premier League season, with Unai Emery saying Nacho Monreal is doubtful because of a knee problem.

That could leave midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Unai Emery's only option in the left-back position against Manchester City next weekend, although the Spaniard insisted he has "great" confidence in the 20-year-old.

Monreal missed Saturday's 2-0 win over Lazio in Stockholm, a day after fellow left-back Sead Kolasinac was ruled out for up...

As Arsenal prepare for overhaul, which players will stay or go?

Arsenal's squad could face a big -- and according to some, much needed -- overhaul this summer with the arrival of a new manager. Whoever takes up Arsene Wenger's position will have some big decisions to make on which players to keep and which to sell as he tries to the Gunners back into title contenders.

Those decisions will, in part, be based on what type of system the new manager has in mind and which new signings he brings in during the transfer window. But here's a prediction of which Arsenal...

Arsenal quartet, De Bruyne lead Premier League Team of the Weekend

After the most recent round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC presents its Team of the Weekend, selected by Paul Mariner and Steve Nicol.

Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW.

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Goalkeeper: With Joe Hart shipping four goals at Arsenal, it was a good weekend for Jack Butland to boost his World Cup hopes. The Stoke keeper continued to stake his claim for the England...