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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal looks destined to leave north London, with a move to Real Sociedad reportedly close to being agreed.

Monreal has featured three times for Arsenal this season but only in the absence of Sead Kolasinac and new signing Kieran Tierney, who is still recovering from a double hernia operation.

And according to The Mirror, crunch talks between manager Emery and Monreal have been planned.

It looks likely that Monreal will leave but only if he asks to be sold. 

Emery may be left with a bit of a dilemma, however, as Tierney won’t be available for selection for a few more weeks, meaning Monreal’s departure could leave the Spanish coach short at the position.

Monreal has a year remaining on his current deal and in the summer on the club’s pre-season tour he mentioned that he wanted to stay with the Gunners.

“My idea is to stay here. I belong at Arsenal,” he said.

Emery does rate Monreal highly and even made the 33-year-old captain for Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley earlier this season.

“He made a very big match, very big match, and he’s a very big professional for us,” Emery told reporters after Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool at the weekend.

“It’s one issue, we need to speak the next days because in Europe the transfer window isn’t finished yet. But we are going to speak about all the situation, the possibility.

“It’s the reason I was speaking about it’s not normal we close the window two weeks ago, but in Europe it doesn’t finish until next week. Because the squad is not completely closed for us at the moment.

“It can leave some players. But we cannot sign another. And it depends a little the next days how we can decide about some circumstance with some players.

“With Nacho there is one possibility that’s open and we’re going to speak about that.”

Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny are the other two Arsenal players that look like they could leave before the transfer window closes on September 2.

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