Monreal in action for Arsenal
|Full name||Ignacio Monreal Eraso|
|Date of birth||26 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:23, 22 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ignacio "Nacho" Monreal Eraso (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnatʃo monreˈal eˈɾaso]; born 26 February 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League and the Spanish national team, as a left back.
He started playing with Osasuna in 2005, going on to appear in 144 official games over the course of five La Liga seasons. In 2011 he signed with Málaga and, two years later, joined Arsenal in England.
A product of CA Osasuna's youth ranks, Monreal was born in Pamplona, and made his official debut for his hometown club in an away game against Valencia CF on 22 October 2006, in a 0–1 La Liga loss. He finished his first campaign with ten league appearances, adding two in the season's UEFA Champions League; after the Navarrese's "demotion" to the UEFA Cup he appeared in four matches as the club reached the last-four, being eliminated by fellow league side Sevilla FC.
On 10 June 2011, Monreal signed a five-year contract with Málaga CF, for €6 million. In his first season he initially battled for first-choice status with Eliseu, but ended up only missing seven games as the club finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever.
On 31 January 2013, Monreal joined English side Arsenal on a long-term contract. The fee was undisclosed, but was believed to be around £8.3 million. He made his Premier League debut against Stoke City, which ended in a 1–0 win.
On 23 February 2013, Monreal provided an assist for countryman Santi Cazorla, with the latter scoring the winner in a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa. He scored his first goal for the Gunners on 16 March, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win at Swansea City.
Monreal returned from injury on 21 August 2013 to feature in Arsenal's 3–0 win at Fenerbahçe S.K. in the Champions League group stage, playing the last three minutes in the place of Theo Walcott. On 26 September he scored the deciding penalty in a shootout against West Bromwich Albion, to send his team into the fourth round of the Football League Cup.
On 6 August 2009 Monreal was called for the first time to the senior side, for an exhibition game with Macedonia. He played the last 15 minutes for Joan Capdevila in a 3–2 away success; on 7 September 2010, in the nation's second game after the victorious FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he played the entire 1–4 friendly loss to Argentina.
- As of 8 March 2014
- "Player profile: Nacho Monreal". Premier League. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Valencia 1–0 Osasuna". ESPN Soccernet. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Monreal jugará en el Málaga las próximas cinco temporadas" [Monreal will play with Málaga in next four seasons] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Mallorca stung by 10-man Malaga". ESPN FC. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Nacho Monreal agrees to join Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Wenger finally buys as Arsenal manager lands £8.3m Malaga defender Monreal". Mail Online. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Team news: Monreal handed start on Arsenal debut against Stoke City". Goal.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Arsenal 1–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Arsenal 2–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- Williams, Aled (16 March 2013). "Swansea 0–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- "Team news: Gibbs, Sagna, Monreal, the Ox". Arsenal's official website. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Fenerbahçe 0–3 Arsenal". Arsenal's official website. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Monreal: "Esta oportunidad es algo mágico para mí"" [Monreal: "This is a magical opportunity for me"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- Arsenal official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Nacho Monreal at National-Football-Teams.com
- Nacho Monreal – FIFA competition record
- Premier League profile