Nacho Monreal is nicknamed 'Crouchy' in the Arsenal dressing room

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has let slip that defender Nacho Monreal is affectionately know as 'Crouchy' by his Gunners team-mates, after it was pointed out that he bears more than a passing resemblance to Stoke City's star striker Peter Crouch.

Monreal gives up some serious height to the former England international, but there's definitely something there to work with in terms of a moniker when you look at the pair's facial features.

Walcott even joked that its Crouch rather than Monreal who may take offence to the comparison, while also revealing the Spanish international and compatriot Santi Cazorla are among the biggest jokers at London Colney on a daily basis.

Sorry Nacho

In an interview with BT Sport relayed by the Express an amused Walcott shared: "We call Nacho ‘Crouchy’ because of the resemblance of him and Peter Crouch, sorry Crouchy.

"Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] has got some good banter and Wojciech Szczesny is not bad as well."

Monreal finally looks at home in North London

There's no doubt that Monreal has found adapting to life in the Premier League much tougher than his great mate Cazorla, largely failing to convince during two years at the Emirates.

Arsenal fans have noticed a significant improvement in the the 28-year-old old in recent weeks, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger giving the left-back a regular run in the side ahead of Kieran Gibbs.

Monreal has risen to the challenge and now looks far more capable of turning the battle for first-choice full-back with Gibbs into a genuine contest, rather than serving as back-up for a player with a long history of nagging injury problems.

Gibbs may offer far more going forward but Monreal has proven his worth to Arsenal this season, filling in at centre-back and clearly making a strong impact on team-mates that have warmed to their very own 'Crouchy' at long last.

Arsenal fans, do you think Monreal looks like Peter Crouch's continental cousin, and should the Spaniard start ahead of Kieran Gibbs when both are fit? Have your say on both issues in the comment box below...

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