Arsene Wenger believes that Nacho Monreal is a player who is appreciated and gets the credit he deserves, but because of his relatively low profile on social media doesn’t generate as much attention as others.
The Spaniard was superb again last night as the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 to reach the Carabao Cup final, and he was heavily involved in the equalising goal as well as being a defensive stalwart in the second half.
In his press conference afterwards, Wenger was asked if the 31 year got the credit he deserved for his quality and consistency.
“For me he gets very much credit,” replied Wenger, “but maybe there’s a bit less focus on him because he is not a candidate for the English national team and doesn’t make many statements or maybe not enough on social networks.
“But our job is about performance and I like the world of silent leaders and that is when people come, they perform, they don’t talk, they go home and they come in the next morning, train well and then the next day they do it again.
“They are the real leaders in the team.”
Clearly though, Wenger did not see Monreal using Instagram stories to illustrate his cake making skills as his baking prowess enabled him to recover from a hamstring scare to take part last night. Now that’s the right way to use social media.
For more on Monreal and last night’s game, check out today’s Arseblog, and then get down to the funky beat of Nacho Monreal (Pim Pam Pum):