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Nacho Monreal. Image:Arsenal.com

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says Nacho Monreal deserves to extend his stay at Arsenal beyond this season.

Spain defender Monreal has started three Premier League matches under Emery, scoring all-important equaliser to set up a maiden Arsenal win for the former Paris Saint-Germain coach as West Ham were beaten 3-1 last month.

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The 32-year-old confirmed this week that he is in talks with the Emirates Stadium hierarchy and Emery is keen to keep his countryman aboard.

“First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.

“After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal. After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.

“The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.”