Santi Cazorla has heaped praise on fellow Spaniard, and Arsenal team-mate Nacho Monreal. 

The Emirates outfit recruited Monreal from Spanish club Malaga during the January transfer window, to replace the struggling Andre Santos, and so far he has proved a good buy.

He has played six games and his first goal came at a vital time in a ‘must-win’ league fixture against Swansea, which the Gunners went on to win 2-0 with the second goal coming from Gervinho.

Monreal’s fellow Spain and former Malaga teammate Santi Cazorla welcomed the left back to the club and believes he is a great signing.

Cazorla told Arsenal player: "He's a very good signing, and he’s proving it. 

"Nacho is a footballer I really enjoy watching and playing with. I spent last season with him at Malaga and he was a vital player for the team. He’s adapted to the Premier League very well. What’s more, our style of play suits him because he’s someone with a lot of movement.

"I think Arsenal have really got it right with the transfer. I’m very happy because he’s a great mate."

Cazorla was similarly welcomed by fellow countryman Mikel Arteta when the nimble little midfielder joined at the start of the season. Cazorla has since proved that he is certainly one of Arsene Wenger’s best signings in recent years.

He has a creative presence on the field that seems to inspire his teammates; with immaculate passing he often creates chances and his long balls as well striking ability makes him invaluable for the Gunners. He has also hit double figures in terms of goals and had a number of assists. 

Cazorla had no problem adapting to the fast-paced English league and adopted the fluid Arsenal style without missing a beat. He believes the latest Spanish addition to the squad will do the same.

The Spaniard continued by saying: "We know each other from Malaga and I know it can be difficult when you first arrive.

"I had the exact same experience and, thanks to Mikel, I adapted much better. So I know, for Nacho, it makes it easier to adjust if he has me and Mikel.

"We’ve tried to help him settle as easily as possible and, little by little, he’s understanding more. He’s got a feeling for the Club. I talk to him every day and he’s very happy to be at Arsenal."

 

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