Monreal: I want to play here for many years

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Nacho Monreal says his relationship with Arsene Wenger and the trust of the Arsenal fans were key factors in his decision to extend his contract at the Emirates.

After a rocky second season in London, the 29-year-old, who signed from Malaga three years ago for £10 million, stormed back to form in 2014 and has since established himself as the Gunners first choice left-back ahead of Kieran Gibbs.

Reflecting on his new deal, Monreal told Arsenal Player: “I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here.

“I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.

“The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League.

“I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.”

The defender also touched on how learning English has helped him grow in confidence.

“I’m very happy with my performances this season,” he added. “At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.

“But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”

Talking about why he likes Nacho Monreal so much, Arsene Wenger emphasised the importance of the Spaniard’s experience and modesty and the manner in which he sets an example to the younger players at London Colney.

“He’s calm, focused and dedicated,” the boss told Arsenal Player. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.

“He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.

“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.

“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players. We have seen another one with Alex Iwobi the other day, who has shown talent. They need to see how you behave at that level.”

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