Spaniard arrived from Malaga on transfer deadline day.
New Arsenal signing Nacho Monreal has revealed that it was the North Londoners’ contingent of Spanish players already at the club that helped persuade him to move to the Emirates.
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The left back arrived from Malaga for £8 million on transfer deadline day, signing on at the Gunners until 2017.
“I think Arsenal do have certain elements of the Spanish football philosophy. The Spanish people know that there are players of great quality in this team and I hope we can play good football,” said the 26-year-old defender.
“Arsenal like to keep the ball, which is beneficial for me and I like this part of the team’s game. I love playing with the ball at my feet, short, sharp touches, and good movement.
“It’s a massive club and it’s got a great tradition. 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.
“I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things. I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say.
“He said that the club 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.”
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