As I’m sure you are well aware by now over the last number of days we have been taking a look back at those players who one, made moves on the final day of the January transfer window and two, could prove crucial to Fantasy managers over the remainder of the season. Having already looked at the potential of the likes of Chris Samba, Danny Graham, Urby Emanuelson and Luciano Becchio our final article in the series takes a look at a defender who not only offers fantasy managers an interesting option at the back but one who could very well provide attacking potential over the coming weeks.
Nacho Monreal to Arsenal
With news that Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs is likely to sidelined for around four to six weeks with a thigh injury Arsene Wenger wasted no time in taking steps to shore up his shaky defence as he splashed out £8.7million on the Spanish international Nacho Monreal. The former Malaga defender who made the move to the Emirates on deadline day was handed a debut and a starting role in the Gunners side that faced Stoke on Saturday and was very effective as the Londoners picked up three points and clean sheet against the Potters.
Speaking after the game Wenger was very pleased with his new signing:
The satisfaction is that Nacho Monreal had a good start for a player who just arrived yesterday and is in the team.
‘He did not have time to think about it, but he got stronger and stronger during the game.
‘There is no better culture shock than Stoke when you come from Spain! They had a very physical game and I think he dealt well with it.’
After his impressive debut Monreal will surely have gained courting glances from fantasy managers looking for a replacement for the injured Gibbs, but the big question is, can Monreal offer the same attacking potential as the young English international?
Well the answer seems to be yes, Monreal offers plenty going forward, too – he produced four assists in his debut season at Malaga and followed that up with a goal and three assists in 14 La Liga starts this time round, which will come as welcomed news for fantasy managers.
Having picked up a clean sheet on his debut Monreal faces a trip to Sunderland,with an enticing home game against struggling Aston Villa after that before he experiences his first North London derby when Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane in round 28– two clean sheets in their last eight however acts as a warning for those expecting miracles from the former Malaga man,but there is no doubting that at £4.2 million he could be a welcome addition to any fantasy squad.