Monreal: Arsenal have improved my World Cup chances

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Nacho Monreal believes he has a better chance of going to next summer's World Cup with Spain now that he is playing for Arsenal in the Premier League, reports the Daily Star.

The 27-year-old defender is adamant that his deadline day move to north London in January has improved his international prospects, despite the fact he is yet to cement his place in the Gunners' first-team.

Arsene Wenger has favoured Kieran Gibbs ahead of Monreal on the left side of defence for much of the 2013/14 campaign, even though the former Malaga star boasts considerably more experience.

"I think so yes. I was at Malaga for 18 months and I grew a lot as a player," he said.

"The move to the Premier League is a jump in quality and a jump forward. I think being part of a team like Arsenal helps."

With 15 caps for the reigning world and European champions, the flying full-back is a reliable back-up, but will continue to work hard in an attempt to force his way into Arsenal's starting XI.

And, irrespective of his limited domestic action, Monreal has started two of Spain's last three international matches, and is determined to earn a place in Vicente del Bosque's squad heading to Brazil next June.

"I'd like that," he added. "I'm aware that it's not going to be easy, also partly because I'm not getting as many minutes as I would like with Arsenal.

"I'm going to continue fighting and working hard because I really want to be at the World Cup."

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