Bacary Sagna says he’s impressed by what he has seen of new left-back Nacho Monreal after the Spaniard helped the Gunners to consecutive clean sheets in his first two games.
The January arrival from Malaga has cut a solid and consistent figure during the one-nil wins over both Stoke and Sunderland seemingly unfazed by the physicality and high tempo of the Premier League.
Speaking about his defensive cohort, Sagna admitted to Arsenal.com that he hadn’t followed the career of the 26-year-old but is pleased he has demonstrated his potential from the off.
“I didn’t know much about him. I had a chance to speak with Santi Cazorla and he talked about him. He looks good. He had a great game in his first game [versus Stoke].
“It’s not easy because he only trained with us once before. I wouldn’t like to be in his position, but he did well.
“It was a difficult game to play in, with a lot of physicality and a lot of challenges. We won and everyone is happy.”
More at ease at the back than Andre Santos, it would appear ‘no-nonsense’ is Nacho’s attitude towards defending.
Shedding light on what Arsene Wenger has outlined for him at the Emirates the new arrival made clear he wasn’t going to be challenging for the golden boot anytime soon.
“I’m asked to defend well and not so much to score goals,” he told Arsenal Player.
“When I go forward and assist others, it is as if I have scored, so that is a great satisfaction for me.
“It’s difficult saying what your own qualities are. I’m quite a committed person to the club and to the team and so I always give 100 per cent in every game. That’s the best attribute a footballer can have.”
Having not won any honours in his career Nacho should fit right in at Arsenal (just a little gallows humour on a Wednesday afternoon…), but he’s determined to put that right.
“One thing every player wants is trophies. I can’t complain about my career at all, but I would llike to win a trophy and I hope I can do this with Arsenal.”
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