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.
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.”