Nacho Monreal will only improve
Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger believes the best is yet to come from Nacho Monreal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the fans are yet to see the best out of January signing, Nacho Monreal.
The Spanish defender joined Arsenal in January from Spanish side Malaga because of the injury picked up by Kieran Gibbs, and in his first two games, The Gunners were able to keep back to back clean sheets against Stoke City and Sunderland.
Since joining, Monreal hasn't had to do a lot of defending, however his attacking threat has been on show which has helped him settle in the side. This past weekend the Spanish international set up the winner for Santi Cazorla with a well timed pull back. And despite impressing many fans, the manager still feels that the there is more to come from their new left-back.
Wenger told Sky Sports: "The first thing you want from your defenders is to defend well, so we cannot reproach him for that. You will see the other aspects of his game more when his confidence has settled.
"Monreal is good in the air for a guy of his size, has a quick leap and has looked good. He is very strong in other areas too, his crosses for example, and his forward play you will see a bit later.
"It happened with Kieran Gibbs too, the more confident he became the more efficient he was going forward. It can take a bit of time to express that side.
"There is no better culture shock than to play against Stoke and Sunderland.
"He has not said a word to me about it, but he has spoken with the other players and he has seen all about the passion and commitment of the English game. You can say Nacho Monreal passed that test."
Wenger also revealed that January was a testing period for the club with a lot of pressure on him to sign new players.
"We had a difficult first six months of the season, because we were trying to extend the contracts of all the British players. That demanded a lot of work and then we had to deal with the (Theo) Walcott situation as well during January.
"So personally I am relieved because we dealt with the situation and we extended all of our players (contracts), kept Walcott and bought Monreal, of course you can always do better but overall I feel the club has dealt with the situation we faced in a satisfactory way."
Arsenal travel to Tottenham this weekend, looking to do the double over their north London rivals and make up ground in the race for the final Champions League places.
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