Arsenal boost as key defender commits to club long-term

first_img1 Nacho Monreal in action for Arsenal Nacho Monreal has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract.The Spanish full-back has made more than 100 appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Malaga in January 2013 in a deal worth more than £8million.Having initially struggled to make an impact, he has gone on to become a key member of Arsene Wenger’s team and has kept Kieran Gibbs out of the team this season.The 29-year-old has played in all 22 of table-topping Arsenal’s Premier League games this season, helping them keep 10 clean sheets.“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here,” said Monreal.“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.“I’m very happy with my performances this season. 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.”Arsenal manager Wenger hailed Monreal’s impact following his arrival from La Liga three years ago.“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” said the Frenchman.“He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.“Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well.“He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players.”last_img read more