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Nacho Monreal is proving to be one of the finest attacking full-backs around right now

The Arsenal left-back has been involved in five goals in his last six games

In many ways, it’s been (yet another) dark and bleak season for Arsenal fans. 

There’s been no Champions League campaign to follow, they’ve generally been poor in the Premier League and their best player moved to Man United in January.

Still, there’s certainly been some reasons for optimism, not least the brilliant capture of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


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But right now, special praise belongs to Nacho Monreal, who’s proving to be one of the best attacking full-backs around at the moment.

In fact, following his first-half opener in the Europa League against Ostersunds this evening, Nacho has been involved in five goals in his last six games for the Gunners in all competitions.

And if that’s not impressive enough, that record is as many as in his previous 64 matches combined.

In the freezing conditions of Ostersund in Sweden, the human tortilla chip found himself in the right place at the right time to slot home Arsenal’s opening goal.

Alex Iwobi did all the hard-work, receiving the ball from a short corner and shooting from inside the box.

His fairly weak effort was then fumbled by Ostersunds ‘keeper Aly Keita, which allowed the left-back the chance to pounce on the rebound and fire home.

Iwobi picks up the ball in the box

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Iwobi picks up the ball in the box

His shot is fumbled by the hapless goalkeeper

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His shot is fumbled by the hapless goalkeeper

Monreal responds with the reactions of a seasoned goal-poacher

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Monreal responds with the reactions of a seasoned goal-poacher

That’s a decent return from the left-back

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That’s a decent return from the left-back

Since returning from injury in the middle of January, the Spaniard has been on target against Swansea and was on fire against Crystal Palace, netting once and making two assists.


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