Arsene Wenger has admitted that talks are ongoing between the club and Nacho Monreal over a new contract for the defender.

The Spaniard has cemented his place as Arsenal first-choice left-back ahead of Kieran Gibbs following impressive displays which came after being deployed at centre-back last season.

Following reports that Monreal has agreed to sign a three-year extension to his current contract worth £90,000-a-week in wages, Wenger has confirmed the club will soon declare the news.

“We will announce that at some stage, when it’s finished. It’s not over the line completely but we’re not far” the Arsenal boss said

In a recent interview, Monreal, who attracted interest from Athletic Bilbao during the summer, expressed his delight at being able to feature regularly for the Gunners.

“Everything feels right here. I can say that I feel at home on and off the pitch. If you don’t feel good off the pitch and in life in general, obviously you can’t give 100 per cent.” he said

“However, at the moment, I love England, I love London and I love my team-mates so everything is positive.”

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