Amidst the goals and assists, many contributions go under the radar. Arsenal's Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal has been one of the standout performers in Gunners squad this season.
He has relegated Kieran Gibbs to the bench and has been one of the best left-backs of the Premier League this season. Monreal joined the Gunners in January 2013 from Malaga for a fee rumoured to be worth £8.3 million.
He was slow to adapt and struggled with the physicality of the Premier League initially, but he was much improved last season and put in a string of impressive displays.
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Since then, he has been ever-reliable and is probably one of the first names on Arsene Wenger's team sheet.
The Spaniard has been recently rewarded with a new three-year contract by Arsenal which will keep him at the Emirates until 2019. This is particularly noteworthy as not many 29-year-old's get a three-year contract at Arsenal.
In the form of his life, the Spaniard has caught the attention of none other than the Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo.
The midfielder believes that the Gunners left-back has not received enough credit this season and said he was yet to see him make a mistake.
"I like to watch Arsenal, and sometimes players don’t get the credit because you just expect them to always do a good job. Every time I have seen Monreal play this season he has been faultless," Pirlo said in an interview with Shortlist.
In the same interview, he also lauded Mesut Ozil by labeling him as the best creative player in Europe at the moment.
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