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European side end pursuit of experienced Arsenal defender


Arsenal are busy preparing for their first campaign under the guidance of Unai Emery and, following a number of new arrivals, suggestions indicate the Gunners will shift their focus towards outgoing deals.

Spain international Nacho Monreal, now 32, has been named as a candidate to seal an exit from the Emirates Stadium, although Emery is open to keeping the experienced defender in his squad, and it seems like a transfer is now off the cards.

Mundo Deportivo states Real Sociedad have ended their pursuit of the veteran full-back due to the fact that Arsenal would prefer not to sell and would ask for a significant fee for the services of the former Malaga man.

Monreal has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Gunners and is said to be open to a return to Spain, although his experience could be vital to a defence that conceded a staggering 51 goals in the Premier League last term – the highest figure of any side within the top seven.

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