Nacho Monreal has improved drastically since his arrival at Arsenal, and has recognised the improvement himself. The Spaniard claims the physical nature of the Premier League has helped him to up his game.
The 29-year-old insists the football in the English top flight is enjoyable for the neutral, and claims many of his compatriots follow the Premier League.
“I’ve always said that it’s a different type of football here,” he said, as quoted by Arsenal.com.
“In Spain there is more of a focus on tactics, technique and positioning, whereas in England it is more physical.
“The fans like seeing box-to-box play and lots of direct runs, so I think on a physical level I’ve improved because you have to get used to English football. I’ve certainly got better in that regard.
“The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues in the world and in Spain virtually everyone follows the Premier League as it’s very entertaining for the viewer.
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“There are lots of staff working for the Spanish national team who watch lots of English matches and come here to watch us, so I don’t think it has much of an effect on my chances of being selected.”
When Monreal arrived at the Emirates there were questions raised over his credentials, and he certainly didn’t look capable of being our first-choice left-back. He has wrestled a starting spot away from Kieran Gibbs though, and has deservedly kept his place this season.
He’s far more defensively astute than the England international, and balances perfectly with his more attack minded countryman Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank.
The veteran defender has also proved useful with his versatility, and filled in at centre-back last season when needed.
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Hopefully he continues to improve at the rate he has been, and helps us enjoy a successful campaign this year.