Arsenal manager Unai Eemry had reportedly planned to include Nacho Monreal in the Arsenal XI against Tottenham, but was prevented from doing so.
The Spanish left-back ended his six-and-a-half year relationship with Arsenal to join Real Sociedad for £225,000 earlier this month.
Emery wanted to give Monreal one last hurrah against Arsenal’s North London rivals.
The Spaniard was a loyal servant during his time at the Emirates and endeared himself to Arsenal fans during his final four years at the club.
According to reports, Emery had planned to reward the Spaniard for everything he’s done for the club by starting him against Spurs on September 1.
Unfortunately, Monreal’s imminent move to La Liga scuppered any hopes he would get a final swansong in the North London Derby.
After completing his move, sent a touching goodbye message to the Arsenal fans and staff.
“31st January, 2013. Malaga. I wake up, check my phone and have 2 calls from Santi Cazorla. I call him and he asks me if I want to play for Arsenal,” Monreal wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “10 hours later I was an Arsenal player. Sometimes Football is simple.
“Different country, city, language, football style, teammates, where it’s not the best conditions for a shy person as me, but I knew I have to be there!!
“Almost 7 years later it’s time to say goodbye, it hasnt been an easy decision, but thinking of my family and my future it feels that it is the right decision.
“I would like to say thank you to all my team mates, staff, and all the people who work for Arsenal and especially to the fans for all the respect and love they have always shown me.
“I’ll always remember you. THANKS.”