Nacho Monreal has probably got a different perspective to all his Arsenal team mates about the club, as he only signed for the Gunners at the end of January after an injury to Kieran Gibbs. The left bacl spent the first half of the season playing for Malaga in the Spanish Primera Liga, so probably knew nothing about the intense pressure that Arsene Wenger and his players were under earlier in the season.
It has been a turbulent season for Arsenal for various reasons, but Monreal seems a little surprised at how much the criticism can affect the players, and has advised his new team mates to pay no attention to it all and just concentrate on doing their jobs.
“It is logical that people talk because the situation has not been as it should be, but the players and club in general have to ensure that doesn’t affect us,” said Monreal.
“We have to use our energy for the matches. If you are thinking of what people are saying you are wasting that energy.
You have to concentrate on the next match.
“Every fixture now is a final we have to win. That has to be our mentality. I am sure we will put it right.”
These are sensible words from the Spaniard, and should be heeded by the fans as well as the players. We can be the club’s fiercest critics at times, which is understandable after eight years without a trophy. For the next nine games however, we should all be pulling together.
Gooners are right to have high expectations, because we should be right up there with the best teams in the Premier League and Europe. With the financial shackles off, we probably will be, but first we have to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League and make sure the Spuds’ relentless overplaying of their abilities comes to nothing, yet again.