Real Sociedad confirm signing of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal Advertisement Sean KearnsSaturday 31 Aug 2019 9:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For six and a half years of service, for 250 appearances, for 10 goals, for 20 assists, for three FA Cups, for equalisers at Old Trafford and Wembley, for your unwavering consistency, and for being our very own #LeCabra, we just want to say….THANK YOU,’ a message read.A statement on Arsenal’s website extended further thanks to the defender.‘We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future,’ a statement read.‘The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’MORE: Alexis Sanchez made the ‘right move’ by deciding to leave Manchester United, claims Romelu Lukaku Nacho Monreal has left Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced the departure of defender Nacho Monreal, who has joined Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.The Spaniard joined the club from Malaga in 2013 and made 250 appearances for the Gunners in his six-and-a-half-years in north London.Monreal started and played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last week and Unai Emery was considering keeping Monreal for Sunday’s clash against Tottenham before allowing him to move on.However, with Kieran Tierney nearing a return to fitness, Emery sanctioned the departure of Monreal and he’s signed a deal with Sociedad until 2021.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal confirmed Monreal’s move on Twitter today and thanked him for his ‘unwavering consistency’.For six-and-a-half years of service, for 250 appearances, for 10 goals, for 20 assists, for three FA Cups, for those equalisers at Old Trafford and Wembley, for your unwavering consistency, and for being our very own #LaCabra, we just want to say…THANK YOU, @_nachomonreal! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QCZaMip2AZ— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 31, 2019 Comment Advertisement
Mesut Ozil has complete trust Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can help make him a better player. Press Association Wenger, however, retains complete faith in the £42.5million midfielder, who is in no doubt he is at the right club and under the right manager to move his game forwards. Speaking to Esquire magazine, Ozil said: “He (Wenger) knows what he wants and I know he can bring me a step forward; he trusts me in that way and I trust him, completely. “For a team, it (a trophy) is the biggest thing to get and we got it (last season with the FA Cup), but as a player, there are other things – being the best player in the world, other cups, the Champions League. “For now, I am not making any plans for after my career. I am just really happy to be here.” Ozil will not let the constant debate over his consistency cloud his focus. The 26-year-old added: “I have been in this business so long now, I have been a professional since I was 16, 17. “I don’t care what the press thinks about me as football changes from day to day. “You can play well one day and badly the next. I’m used to it.” The Gunners’ club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until early 2015. Ozil, who helped Germany win the World Cup last summer, has often been criticised for perceived inconsistent displays, with questions raised over whether the former Real Madrid playmaker could cope under the physical demands of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal will resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday at home to Manchester United. The Gunners are down in sixth place and in need of a response having lost 2-1 at Swansea before the international break, which followed on from the draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League when they threw away a 3-0 advantage. England manager Roy Hodgson has allayed fears over the fitness of Danny Welbeck. The Arsenal forward, signed on deadline day from United, was substituted during the second half of the friendly against Scotland in Glasgow, but only as a precaution after a “slight stiffness” in his hamstring. Welbeck has scored five times in 12 appearances for the Gunners. Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes the 23-year-old can continue to grow in his new surroundings. “Danny is the perfect fit for us, [with] the kind of character he is and the kind of player he is,” Arteta said on Arsenal Player. “Personally I have been surprised by his technical capacity, the way he understands the game, his work rate. “I rate him more now than I used to and this is a good sign because normally the opposite is true when you watch a player on a daily basis. I’m glad he is with us. “He has got everything here to become one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”
…in BarticaThe mining town of Bartica was plunged into mourning after a senior official attached to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Seven was struck down and killed by a speeding motor car on Wednesday evening.Dead is 54-year-old Mark Dutchin, the overseer of the Works Department at the RDC.Dead: Mark DutchinAccording to information received, the incident occurred at around 21:00h on Wednesday evening, while Dutchin was in the vicinity of 3rd and 5th Streets, Bartica.The man was reportedly heading to his Lot 24 Housing Scheme, Bartica home, having departed a karaoke, when he met his demise. Persons in the area recalled seeing the taxi, driven by a young man, speeding down the roadway, and soon after, they heard a crashing sound.The impact caused Dutchin to sustain injuries to his head and to have his legs and arms broken. He was rushed to the Bartica Hospital, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.When contacted, his wife, Valli Dutchin, explained that her husband had left home on Wednesday for work as normal. “He had a meeting during the day; so, after work, he went to the karaoke — something he normally does,” she recounted.The grieving woman said she was at home when she received the news about the accident, and without hesitation, she and other family members rushed to the hospital. She noted that by the time she arrived at the medical facility, he was already dead.“His head was injured, his arms broken, his legs broken, his ribs broken… he get lots of injuries…,” the woman cried. She noted that while family members have been receiving various reports of what occurred, they are urging the Police to conduct a thorough investigation.Meanwhile, the Police have since arrested the driver of the vehicle, who remains in custody as investigations into the fatal accident continue. Dutchin leaves to mourn his wife and two children among other relatives and friends.