Arsenal’s recent January transfer window signing from Malaga has slotted straight into the Arsenal defence since his arrival in the absence of Kieran Gibbs who looks set to be out of action for a number of weeks to come with a thigh injury.
Monreal’s addition to the Gunners back line looks to have had a positive effect on Arsenal rear guard with Arsene Wenger’s side having not conceded a goal since his arrival. Coming into the Irish Times Fantasy Premier league at a very reasonable £4.2 million price tag the 26 year old offers fantasy managers a cheap way into the Gunners back line and one that could pay dividends over the coming weeks.
The former Malaga defender offers potential going forward from left back, the Spanish international 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 season before making the move to London, which will come as welcomed news for fantasy managers.
As far as the fixtures are concerned Arsenal welcome Aston Villa, Everton, Reading, Norwich, Manchester United and Wigan. The Gunners have managed an impressive four clean sheets at the Emirates this season and with West Ham, Reading and Norwich have some of the worst goal scoring records on the road this season Monreal and Arsenal should have opportunities to add to their clean sheet tally over the coming weeks.
Away from home Arsenal travel to Tottenham, Swansea, West Brom, Fulham, QPR and Newcastle in games that could very easily see the Gunners add to the five clean sheets they have picked up on their travels. With games coming up against two sides who are currently are in the top five for the least amount of goal scored at home this season Monreal’s prospects become a lot clearer going into the final weeks of the season.
There is a slight worry that Monreal’s place in the Arsenal line up could be at risk when Gibbs returns for injury but with his current for seeing him sitting top of the defenders form table it looks highly unlikely that Wenger will relegate him to the bench if and when Gibbs regains fitness.