Date: 3rd February 2013 at 2:30pm
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Nacho MonrealYesterday, at The Emirates, saw Nacho Monreal make his Arsenal debut against a rugged Stoke City side.

The 26-year-old was signed on deadline day last Thursday from Malaga for an undisclosed fee after Arsene Wenger learnt Kieran Gibbs could be out for up to eight weeks.

Although Andre Santos was available for selection yesterday, Wenger opted to start with the Spaniard instead, and the Frenchman was pleased with what he saw, stating it was a ‘convincing’ start to Monreal’s Arsenal career.

But was it a convincing debut for the left-back as Wenger suggests?

Will Monreal give Gibbs, when he returns to full fitness, a run for his money and challenge the England international for his place in the side?

In my opinion, it’s too early to say. One game does not define a player after all.

However, if Monreal continues to produce displays like he did yesterday then he could very well be a permanent fixture in the Arsenal side, even when Gibbs returns.

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