LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract to June 2020 after activating a clause they had on his expiring deal

The Spanish full-back has been at Arsenal since January 2013 following his transfer from Malaga for a reported £8.5m.

In that time, Monreal has managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners along with winning three FA Cups and Community Shields.

With his contract running out this summer, manager Unai Emery expressed his wish to retain Monreal in the future.

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Now ESPN reports that Arsenal have taken their option to renew Monreal’s expiring contract until the end of next season with talks over a longer-term deal to be put on hold for now.

Although the futures of goalkeeper Petr Cech and injured striker Danny Welbeck remain in doubt as they enter the final six months of their contracts at Arsenal.

Welsh star Aaron Ramsey is set to leave for nothing at the end of the season with Juventus recently confirming their interest in signing him.

While Stephan Lichtsteiner, who only joined from Juventus last summer, is expected to remain with Arsenal having the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.