Arsenal new boy Nacho Monreal has revealed he didn’t think twice about joining the Gunners once he heard of the interest from Arsene Wenger and says he’ll take comfort from the way fellow former-Malaga man Santi Cazorla has settled at the Emirates.
Signed on Thursday’s transfer deadline day, the left-back could be thrust into the limelight this afternoon against Stoke with Kieran Gibbs injured and question marks hanging over the form of Andre Santos.
Speaking to Arsenal.com in his first interview since touching down on English soil, the 26-year-old Spanish international revealed that it’ll be a bonus joining a squad brimming with compatriots.
“To be honest, when I was given the option to come here I went for it because it’s a massive club. I didn’t even have to think about it.
“Of course, there are Spanish players here and a lot of youngsters, which this club is known to attract. I’m delighted to be able to train and play with those guys and I hope my stay here will be the best it possibly can.
“I’ve watched loads of Arsenal games and there have been legends that have played for this club. I know everything I can from watching the television and from what Santi has told me in this relatively short period of time.”
Confirming that he’s spoken with Santi Cazorla before signing on the dotted line in N5, Nacho said the presence of the diminutive midfielder will help calm any residing nerves.
“Yes, I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things,” he continied.
“I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say. He said that Arsenal was a massive club, the people are great and it’s really just a big family. He only had good things to say. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.
“Yes it does [help that Cazorla has been a success]. It helps that I’ve been able to share a dressing room with him at Malaga, that everything’s gone well and that the people here have been incredible in welcoming me.
“As there’s a familiar face in Santi, I’m a lot calmer about things. Having shared a dressing room with someone who’s already made this journey is a good feeling. Now it’s my turn and I can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.”10,881 views