Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been impressed with the start Nacho Monreal has made to his career at Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners from Spanish side Malaga on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of around £8.5million and has made two appearances for Arsenal since then, helping them keep two clean sheets.

Monreal was thrown into the deep end side just 48 hours after completing his move from Malaga and had to come up against hard-hitting Stoke City, though impressed many as Arsenal went on to win the game 1-0.

Arsene Wenger picked the Spaniard again for Arsenal’s win at Sunderland and he once again looked untroubled throughout as the Gunners managed a hard-fought a 1-0 victory.

Vermaelen believes Monreal has shown he can cut it in the Premier League after his two very impressive showings, especially for having had to face two very tough stereotypically English oppositions.

The Arsenal skipper is yet to play in the same side as Monreal but, after watching him from the touchline, the Belgium international likes what he has seen so far.

"He joined us on the Thursday, trained on the Friday and then went straight into the side. I've been impressed with the way he has started here," Vermaelen told the official Arsenal website.

"He has done well, and you can see that he's a good player with plenty of quality. He's quick and solid, and plays for his national team - he's also a nice, relaxed guy to talk with. I think he will be a great signing for us.

"He's had a tough start with two typically 'English' games, completely the opposite to what he'll have faced in La Liga, but he's shown that he can cope and I have no doubt that he will do well in the Premier League."

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