Football: Gunners brings in Monreal


ARSENAL left it late but managed to get a signing in before the transfer window shut at 11pm last night, securing defender Nacho Monreal from Malaga on a long-term contract.

The Gunners announced the move on their official website just as the deadline approached, saying they had paid an undisclosed fee for the 26-year-old.

The Spain left-back arrives at the Emirates Stadium at a perfect time for boss Arsene Wenger, who on Wednesday lost Kieran Gibbs for three weeks with a thigh injury.

“We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us. We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we’ve been able to agree this move,” Wenger said.

“Monreal is a strong left-sided defender with good experience at both club and international level. He is a technically gifted player, a good crosser in the final third and strong in the air. Monreal will add quality to our squad and of course, to our defensive unit. We all look forward to him playing for us.”

Harry Redknapp managed to secure three of his transfer targets for QPR, signing Christopher Samba for a club record fee believed to be in the region of £10million and Tottenham duo Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend, with the former penning an 18-month deal and the latter joining on loan until the end of the season. But he missed out on Peter Odemwingie.

Stoke completed the signing of England international goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham. The Championship club accepted an undisclosed fee from the Potters for the 19-year-old, with the keeper set to stay at Birmingham on loan until the end of the season.

Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh will join Fulham for the rest of the season.