Date: 31st January 2013 at 11:10pm
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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Malaga left back Nacho Monreal on a long term deal for an undisclosed fee. It is thought that a deal had been in place for Monreal to join Arsenal in the summer, but Kieran Gibbs’ injury last night saw the deal brought forward with Andre Santos suffering for form.

Monreal had previously played for Osasuna and has been capped 9 times by Spain. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: ‘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 today. 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.”

Monreal is Arsenal’s only signing of the January window, though Benik Afobe has returned from his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers.