Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will stay at Arsenal this summer after Real Sociedad ended their interest in the left back.
According to Calciomercato the Basque side were interested in taking the 32-year-old back to La Liga this summer.
There had been suggestions in the Spanish press that Monreal was not wanted at the Emirates by new boss Unai Emery.
But it’s claimed that Monreal is indeed part of his compatriot’s plans, and that an enquiry from La Real was met by Arsenal saying they would want a significant transfer fee for the player.
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Jack Wilshere thanks ‘honest’ Unai Emery
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Jack Wilshere has thanked Unai Emery for the honesty which helped him to accept the end of his Arsenal career.
The 26-year-old England midfielder ended his 17-year association with the Gunners this summer after new boss Emery admitted he would be a fringe player this season.
Wilshere – who left on a free – is grateful to Arsene Wenger’s successor for not stringing him along by giving him false hope in his new regime.
The academy graduate will begin this season as a key player in Manuel Pellegrini’s line-up at West Ham and Wilshere said: “I have nothing but respect for [Emery].
“He was honest with me and I am sure it would have been a very difficult conversation to have with me as he had only been in the job for a week.”
Arsenal earn dominant win in behind-closed-doors friendly
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Bernd Leno donned an Arsenal shirt for the first time on Wednesday as the Gunners played a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Crawley Town XI.
The new arrival from Bayer Leverkusen was one of three goalkeepers to play in the game at London Colney, alongside Petr Cech and Emiliano Martinez.
New midfielder Matteo Guendouzi also played in the fixture, as did a host of other Gunners first-team stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Perez, Rob Holding, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hector Bellerin.