Friday, 5th April, 2013
Arsenal left-back and January signing Nacho Monreal admits he finds it tough to adapt to the physical nature of football played in the Premier League, unlike in Spain, but is getting used to the English style of play.
The former Malaga player was bought in by Arsene Wenger’s club on the deadline day of the January transfer window, and went on to start for the Gunners less than 48 hours later, against Stoke in a Premier League game.
“It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical. There’s also a different style of play, as I’ve said before there’s an emphasis on reaching your opponent’s goal as quickly as possible", he told Arsenal’s official site.
“I’ve been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here."
The Spaniard also praised manager Arsene Wenger for including him in so many games and feels it is much needed for his confidence and ability to adapt to the game well.
“Since I’ve been here the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he’s been starting me.
“This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I’ve just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances.”
Monreal has made seven appearances for the club in all competitions so far, and already has one goal to his name.
He will now be looking forward to being involved again tomorrow when Wenger’s side take on West Brom at the Hawthorns.
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