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Nacho Monreal: Arsene Wenger has filled me with confidence

Monreal scored his first Arsenal goal against Swansea. (©GettyImages)
Monreal scored his first Arsenal goal against Swansea. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal new-boy Nacho Monreal has revealed that boss Arsene Wenger's confidence helped him settle in at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish left-back has impressed since his arrival to the Premier League and believes the faith shown in him by Wenger has been the ultimate help.

The 27-year-old was January deadline-day signing from Malaga to join up with former teammate at the Spanish club, Santi Cazorla.

The Spain international, who was born in the famous running of the bulls town Pamplona, has featured five times in the league for the Gunners and has netted a solitary goal. 

The former Osasuna full-back feels the immediacy of his appearances since joining the north London club have helped, not hindered, him adjust to the English game. 

"Since I’ve been here the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he’s been starting me," Monreal told the club's official site. 

"This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I’ve just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances.

"Everything has been challenging in different amounts, because the league is completely different to La Liga. 

"Coming here and not speaking the language, being unable to communicate with my teammates, is one of many difficult situations that is making me grow as a person and as a player.

"It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical. There’s also a different style of play, as I’ve said before there’s an emphasis on reaching your opponent’s goal as quickly as possible. 

"I’ve been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here."

Monreal is believed to be enjoying living in London, however, there are aspects of Spain that he misses.

He is also happy to be playing alongside compatriots Cazorla and Mikel Arteta, although has bemoaned the English weather in comparison to the hot climate in southern Spain.

He added: "The worst change for me is the difference between a very hot town in the south of Spain and the freezing cold weather over here!

"However, London is one of the best, perhaps even the best city in Europe. It’s very diverse. You can go out and there are cinemas, theatres ... there’s a lot of choice. 

"Thanks to the help of Santi and Mikel I’m adapting well to the way of life over here and I’m happy."

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