Arsenal may have signed a bit of an unknown entity in Mohamed Elneny, but we know that with the contract extension given to Nacho Monreal we are getting a proven world class player of the first degree. The Spaniard admitted that it was difficult when he first arrived without speaking any English, but he has quickly settled and is now one of my most consistent performers every single week.
Nacho is clear that he is very happy to have the support of his manager and the Arsenal fans, and obviously has a great understanding with his team-mates. “I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal,” he said. “I feel really good playing here.
“I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.
“The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League.
“I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.”
The Gunners are sitting pretty at the top of the League and Monreal’s signing is a timely boost as we enter the the most important part of the season, and Nacho likes to feel he has contributed to our current success. “I’m very happy with my performances this season,” he continued. “At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.
“But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”
As Nacho is now 29, perhaps Kieran Gibbs would have been hoping that the rumours of Nacho leaving were true, but it looks like the Englishman will still be playing second fiddle for some time yet. It may be bad news for Gibbs, but it’s good news for Arsenal….