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Arsenal boss Emery facing major defensive headache after admitting Monreal could leave the club

Arsenal manager Unai Emery faces an anxious eight days as he looks to prepare his team for the season ahead.

He left Anfield on Saturday night after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool knowing there are doubts about the futures of Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil.

Monreal has attracted interest from both Real Sociedad and Villarreal.

Arsenal could sell Nacho Monreal before the transfer window in Spain closes next Monday

Arsenal could sell Nacho Monreal before the transfer window in Spain closes next Monday

The 33-year-old is on a free transfer at the end of this season and Arsenal need to cash in now before the transfer window in Spain closes next Monday or in January.

Ideally, Emery would like to hold on to Monreal until the start of next year.

He has the ideal long-term replacement in Kieran Tierney, a £25 million signing from Celtic. But the Scotland international will not be fit to start training until October because of a groin injury.

If Monreal leaves next week, Emery will have a major defensive headache.

The 33-year-old defender has attracted interest from both Real Sociedad and Villarreal

The 33-year-old defender has attracted interest from both Real Sociedad and Villarreal

He admitted that he will have talks with Monreal this week to sort out his future.

‘He is a very big professional for us,’ said Emery. ‘We want to speak in the next few days.

‘In Europe the transfer window has not closed. We are going to speak about about all these situations.

‘It is the reason I was saying that it is not normal we closed our window a few weeks ago because is not completely closed for us at the moment.

‘With Nacho, the possibility to leave is open. We are going to speak about that.’ In other words, Emery is unhappy that Arsenal may have to sell but cannot buy.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery faces anxious wait to discover if he will lose Monreal and Mesut Ozil

Arsenal boss Unai Emery faces anxious wait to discover if he will lose Monreal and Mesut Ozil

And the future of Mesut Ozil is also in doubt.

The Germany international is the highest wage earner at Arsenal on a £350,000 a week.

He had the trauma of the attempted carjacking recently and an injury.

But he is fit now – and Emery did not include him in the squad for the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

Significantly, he said :’The players here are the ones we think were the best physically to play today.’ The fact that Ozil could not even make the bench for Arsenal will again put a huge question mark against his career at the Emirates.

His salary will be a significant stumbling block to any permanent transfer but a loan deal for a fee is a possibility – similar to the agreement have with Real Madrid for Dan Ceballos who will cost Arsenal £15 million for the season.

If Arsenal agree to subsidise his wages, Ozil could be on his way out with clubs in Italy, Spain and possibly Germany on alert.

The likes of Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia could all be keen to move for the playmaker if Arsenal decide to let him go.

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7391441/Arsenal-boss-Emery-facing-major-defensive-headache-admitting-Monreal-leave-club.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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