ARSENAL have signed Spain international left-back Ignacio "Nacho" Monreal.
The Gunners have confirmed that the Spanish international defender has agreed to join on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.
The fee, although not disclosed, is believed to be just over €12million (£10.5million).
The 26-year-old is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Champions League after already playing for Málaga in the group stage this season.
He started his career at Osasuna before moving to Málaga in June 2011.
Manager Arsène Wenger said on the clubs official website: “We are delighted that Nacho Monreal has agreed to join us. We have been monitoring him for some time now and are really pleased that we’ve been able to agree this move today.
"Monreal is a strong left-sided defender with good experience at both club and international level. He is a technically gifted player, a good crosser in the final third and strong in the air. Monreal will add quality to our squad and of course, to our defensive unit. We all look forward to him playing for us.”
The deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes, according to Arsenal.
The injury is set to rule him out for three weeks. His understudy, the Brazilian defender Andre Santos, has failed to impress in Gibbs’ absence on previous occasions.
Wenger also admitted the loss of Gibbs, who will now miss the England friendly against Brazil at Wembley, was a “big blow”.
“Gibbs was an important player for us going forward and the game we want to play. It is a shame he is out for the next three weeks,” the Arsenal boss said.